Thursday, 19 February 2009

China This Week, February 18

A weekly digest of some eye-catching stories in the Chinese media

Internet Addiction a Disease

A leading medical expert in China has reiterated his claim that Internet addiction is a psychological disease, defending a position that has triggered widespread debate.

Tao Ran, who was responsible for drafting the Internet Disorder Diagnostic Manual, was quoted in The China Daily as saying that defining Internet addiction as a mental disorder did not discriminate against young people who are addicted to online games and surfing the net.

The study and its conclusions have raised fears that addicts could avoid liability for criminal acts if their addiction is defined as a mental disorder. 

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Monday, 9 February 2009

China This Week, February 10

Chinese Government on Rural Development

In their first joint document of the year, the State Council and the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China outlined special measures to help stabilize agricultural production and promote rural incomes. 

The frankly worded document highlighted the many problems faced by China's rural communities and agricultural sector, and imparted a genuine sense of crisis.

The Beijing News applauded what they described as "the swift policy response to an increasingly important issue that has been worsened by the ongoing global financial crisis and the resulting economic difficulties in China."

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