Ban on China Internet Cafes Lifted

According to local media reports, Chinese government agencies will soon fully open netcafe license applications after implementing a one-year hiatus in early 2007.

The new license approval procedure will be more convenient and the government will provide more preferential policies to encourage and support the development of the net cafe industry, particularly the development of franchised or chain netcafes. No specific date has been set for the resumption of these policies.

In early 2007, 14 Chinese ministries jointly issued a circular, asking that no further netcafes be approved. The resumption of the netcafe license approval process should be a boon to retailers and computing manufacturers who service that sector.