Will the merger of SARFT and GAPP end the turf war over control over the internet?

On 18 March 2013, several famous China Central Television news presenters were seen taking souvenir pictures of the ‘State Administration of Radio Film and Television’ plaque on the gate of the government agency’s office building located at Fuxingmenwai Street in central Beijing. Soon after, on 24 March 2013, the plaque was replaced with one bearing the new, longer and even more difficult-to-pronounce (or abbreviate in English) moniker ‘The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television’.

Pursuant to the 2013 State Council Organizational Reform and Functional Changes Plan adopted at the 12th session of the National People’s Congress, the General Administration of Press and Publication of the People’s Republic of China (GAPP) and the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) will be merged into a single body, to be known as the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT)…

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