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China Names New Internet Overseer

Aug 02 , 2018

BEIJING—China appointed a new director for its powerful internet regulator, elevating an official seen as an associate of President Xi Jinping to a post with censorship responsibilities and huge sway over tech companies.

Zhuang Rongwen was named to head the Cyberspace Administration of China on Tuesday, the regulator said in a brief statement Wednesday. He had been a deputy director since 2015.

As top policy official for internet matters, Mr. Zhuang takes charge of implementing Mr. Xi’s plans for turning China into a cyberpower, as well as enforcing Communist Party internet controls. The regulator also sets industry guidelines related to technology, cybersecurity and censorship.

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