It seems individual websites and blogs have to be registered and licensed by the Chinese government now.
Thisisn't new; information websites have always been required to get aInternet Content Provider license if they have their own domain name. Wang Jianshuosums up the situation nicely (the laws cited in that entry are a hootto read, with the whole pie-in-the-skyness of their provisions). Thedifference now is that apparently, they're now targetting personalsites now as well... presumably including those hosted on Xanga and thelike.
Choice quote from the Inquirer article: "one bloggerwho contacted the Shanghai police to register was told there was nopoint in registering as independent blogs would not be grantedpermission to continue."
Of course, then again, the following activities are also "not permitted" in China:
* spitting in public places
* movie/music/software piracy
* running red lights
Inother words, my other China-resident friends and I will be blogginghappily for quite a while to come. ;) Having a US passport and havingthis hosted on a US server also helps... I hope. But if by some chancethis page mysteriously disappears, now you know why... =P