New propaganda chief reappears, calls for greater internet control
Liu Qibao, the new Central Propaganda Department chief, is in the news today after failing to show up last week to previously announced trips to North Korea, Laos and North Korea.
The Beijing Times newspaper today reports on a Xinhua communique which reveals that Liu has spent recent days assuming his authority over the Communist Party Central Committee's International Communication Office and the Ministry of Culture.
During his visits, Liu named the "spirit" of the 18th Party Congress and a culture of strong national socialism as the baseline for his administration's "cultural war".
The focus of that, the report said, will be external propaganda and cultural exchanges, and further construction of and stronger control over China's Internet infrastructure as well as guidance of online discussion.
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