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Business Groups Hail China Web Software Delay


Web surfer on a Beijing street

A man surfs the Internet on a Beijing street.

Credit: Agence France-Presse

The American and European chambers of commerce in China have welcomed a decision by Beijing to delay an order that new computers sold in the country be equipped with an Internet filtering program. The filter, called Green Dam Youth Escort, was to have been required from Wednesday (July 1), but the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said computer makers needed more time, state media reported Tuesday.

"We believe that this is a positive development, which is consistent with international best practices and is good for Chinese consumers, the government and the business community," the American Chamber of Commerce in China said in a statement.

From Agence France-Presse
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