No new Internet cafes in China

Bruce Einhorn

Internet cafes in China play a far more important role than in the U.S. and other Western countries: Since relatively few Chinese own PCs, millions of people depend on Internet cafes to get online. So what’s behind China’s campaign against Internet cafes? Beijing yesterday announced that the government won’t allow any new cafes to open in China this year. The country has about 113,000 licensed Internet cafes, and there are many more that operate illegally. The illegal ones have gotten the headlines for being unsafe; I blogged in Asiatech last year about an explosion at one Internet café, for instance, and the crackdown that followed.

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