Will the Merger of SARFT and GAPP End The Turf War Over Control over the Internet?

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).

The question this raises is whether the merger will end the ongoing 'turf war' between the two regulators and streamline regulation of this highly regulated (some might say over-regulated) and politically sensitive space.

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