Writers can publish any books they want as long as their work does not contradict the socialist direction of the country, according to Yang Muzhi, deputy director of the State Press and Publication Administration. Mr Yang, who is a deputy to the NPC told Xinhua that there were far fewer restrictions on writers nowadays. 'The publishing environment in China has become much more relaxed,' Mr Yang said. 'The days of censorship in the name of formalism are absolutely over. Books can be published, as long as they don't oppose the general direction of socialism.' The deputy director also said there was no need to impose more censorship on political literature. 'When people become more open, their ability to accept [these books] grows,' he said. 'The government has no need for more censorship.' Mr Yang played down the proliferation of political literature in China, saying the authorities did not need to worry too much because the public was capable of deciding for itself whether or not a book had a political motive. 'The public can pretty much judge if [what is said] in these books is true or not,' he said. Mr Yang, who was named a senior member of the China Publication Group - a state conglomerate created last year as China prepared to open its publication market to foreign competitors - said he now thought more about economic efficiency than how to direct the market. 'I used to think about issues like direction,' he said. 'But now I am more concerned about efficiency.' Mr Yang also welcomed changes in the newspaper industry, saying he could not start his day properly without a newspaper to read. But he said he disliked newspapers that bored readers with news about meetings of government officials. 'These newspapers don't have much news,' he said. He was also enthusiastic about the proliferation of the Internet. 'It provides people a new channel in which they can freely express their views,' he said.