China issues 5-year reform plan on cultural industry

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China will gradually set up a modern communication system by 2020, the outline said.

It will boost the development of online media by encouraging eligible websites to go public and create new mainstream media institutions and groups during the 2016-2020 period.

Authorities will give support to mainstream media institutions in developing their websites and new media. It will step up efforts to guide and standardize investment in the Internet cultural sector with both state and private funds.

Meanwhile, existing laws and regulations on news and publishing will be extended to cover the management of online media, according to the document.

"The licensing mechanism on sources of online news should be improved, while management over news gathering and reproduction qualifications should also be strengthened," it said.

The outline also vowed to set up a sound system for online copyright.

Aiming to ensure a good order for communication, the government will intensify management over search engines, instant messaging tools and news apps, and clarify operators' responsibilities for content disseminated via microblog or WeChat, it said.


A modern public service network should be put into place by 2020 with more standardized and equitable services offered, the outline said.

Apart from major public cultural projects, including museums, galleries, libraries and cultural centers, members of minority groups, disabled people, migrant workers and other special groups will also receive more cultural services.

The government at all levels will be encouraged to purchase public cultural services, and social organizations and companies will be pushed to operate or supply public cultural facilities.

Promising major progress in remote and poor regions, China also plans to build more public cultural facilities, increase access to radio and TV programs, and offer subsidies for grassroots cultural workers, according to the outline.

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