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    China will not allow any more internet cafes to open this year, according to a government order obtained by the state news agency Xinhua.
    The number of internet users grew by 30% last year

    The notice, issued by 14 government authorities, also vows to crack down on gambling through online games.

    Xinhua said the new restrictions were part of a campaign to combat the rising problem of internet addiction.

    Internet cafes that have already been given approval must be completed by the end of June, the news agency reports.

    There are currently about 113,000 internet cafes and bars in China, according to the country's Ministry of Information Industry.

    China has already banned minors from such cafes, and levies heavy fines on operators who flout these regulations.

    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 4:38 PM

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  • The Government of China must realize that internet cafes are not only meant for gaming or gambling but are also very instrumental in completing some important work by needy people who are not being able to surf the internet at home. So the restrictions should ideally be on the sale of such addictive games rather than on the functioning of internet cafes.  
    Friday, March 9, 2007 4:20 PM

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  • this is the situation almost in all the countries through out this world...
    Thursday, March 8, 2007 4:11 PM
  • China always had a record of restricting the information flow..

    last year they banned a leading  search engine in their territory!

    Similar news is there that Cuba has only allowed internet access to its own region!!!

    Friday, March 9, 2007 4:45 AM
  • too much of anything is good for nothing...so its better to have wat we need than to have too much and worry in the future...its the right move by china...
    Friday, March 9, 2007 3:08 PM
  • too much of fetching makes it nothing
    Friday, March 9, 2007 3:15 PM
  • The Government of China must realize that internet cafes are not only meant for gaming or gambling but are also very instrumental in completing some important work by needy people who are not being able to surf the internet at home. So the restrictions should ideally be on the sale of such addictive games rather than on the functioning of internet cafes.  
    Friday, March 9, 2007 4:20 PM
  • banning internet cafes wont help as children have access to internet even at home.
        it would be more fruitful if the public ,in general, is taught to use internet in a  responosible    
        manner.
    Friday, March 9, 2007 4:42 PM
  • having net in houses ar more sueful because the parents will have a control on their children...wen he goes to a cafe,,,there the problem arises......
    Friday, March 9, 2007 6:20 PM
  • internet can used in many constructive ways other than jus gaming and gambling...so the measure taken by the China government is appreciable...hope other countries too do the same...
    Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:31 AM
  •  Swati Modi wrote:
    banning internet cafes wont help as children have access to internet even at home.
        it would be more fruitful if the public ,in general, is taught to use internet in a  responosible    
        manner.

    I dont know if anyone knowz this but china even control the stuff on internet that is pubished in the country to a great extent... they have a system to control what information is to be available for the public and what not... they had even tried talking to google to restrict the search result in china to a certain extent i.e. show what the government would like to show... this stroy is quite old.. i think a year or so.. but things are changing now.. lets see what comes next... because it is next to impossible to control stuff on internet...

    Sunday, March 18, 2007 12:20 PM
  • Nice information.
    Monday, March 19, 2007 4:07 AM