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New regulators minding the GAPP

New GAPP deputy directors
The General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP or 国新闻出版总署) is the Chinese government body that regulates print publications and the distribution of news to both print and Internet publications as well as video games, CDs and DVDs.

This is from from a Xinhua / China Daily report which funnily enough uses a new English name for GAPP:

Li Dongdong, Yan Xiaohong and Sun Shoushan (pictured above in the same order) replace Yu Yongzhan and Shi Feng as deputy directors of the SPPA [State Press and Publication Administration, i.e. GAPP].

Li Dongdong has been serving as the head of the publicity department of the regional committee of the Communist Party of China of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Yan Xiaohong has been the deputy head of the National Copyright Administration.

Sun Shoushan has been working as the director of the general office of the SPPA.

There's more biographical detail about the three new deputy directors in this report on (in Chinese; source of above image).

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A serious comment and semi-serious comment:

Serious comment:whole GAPP/SPPA is very interesting to me. More reporting on this topic in the future would be appreciated, especially as it pertains to book publishing.

Semi-serious comment: The source page linked to, which features those stylin' headshots of Li, Yan and Sun, also feature some nontrivial cleavage in the sidebar. At least, when I just checked, the sidebar had ample Skinhua-type breastage.

I'm not trying to be funny. It's beginning to depress me how much flesh you find on official sites in China. I mean, I'm reading this from the US in a cafe and I open that page on China Economic Web (, and it's like a solid third of the page is littered with Chinese hotties with lots of "unoccupied territory" showing.

The middle-aged woman next to me in the cafe thought perhaps I was checking out some Asian porn.

And I'm like, "No-no-no! It's a serious article about the General Administration of Press and Publications! Really! They've changed their acronym and -- "

And she's like, "Whatever," and then sort of moves a few inches away from me, you know, to make it clear that she doesn't approve.

And I'm like, "Wow, that's so ironic. An article ABOUT the GAPP/SPPA, which governs the very same content on that site, and yet not even those three powerful regulators -- with such powerful hairstyles -- can manage to subdue the cleavage explosion on otherwise quite staid websites like and xinhua and etc.

Is the Onion expanding its operations again?

Serious, I don't advocate any type of censorship, but there's a seriously ubiquitous amount of cleavage on Chinese websites that really have no business doing so. It's making it hard to read business news in a public place.

Am I advocating a nationwide breast reduction policy?

Yes, I think so.

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