State Council Information Office

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The State Council Information Office (SCIO; Chinese: 國務院新聞辦公室; pinyin: Guówùyuàn Xīnwén Bàngōngshì; literally: "State Council News Office") is an administrative office under the State Council, the chief administrative body of the People's Republic of China. It is the chief information office of the Chinese government.


The office was merged in 1991 when the Central Committee and State Council combined the State Council Information Office with the External Propaganda Leading Group of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China.

The office formerly at responsibility for Internet censorship. The Internet Affairs Bureau dealt with Internet censorship in the People's Republic of China and repressed "disruptive" (anti-Chinese government) activity on the web in mainland China.[1][2][3] However, in May 2011 the State Council Information Office transferred the offices which regulated the Internet to a new subordinate agency, the State Internet Information Office.[4]

List of directors

  1. Zhu Muzhi, 1991–1992
  2. Zeng Jianhui (曾建徽), 1992–1998
  3. Zhao Qizheng (趙啟正), 1998–2005
  4. Cai Wu, 2005–2008
  5. Wang Chen, 2008–2013
  6. Cai Mingzhao, March 2013 – December 2014
  7. Jiang Jianguo, January 2015 – August 2018
  8. Xu Lin, August 2018 – incuembent


  1. "Sohu English website opens in Beijing". China Daily. 2004-09-16. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  2. "China defends internet regulation". BBC. 2006-01-15. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  3. Ang, Audra (2009-01-23). "China closes 1,250 sites in online porn crackdown". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  4. Wines, Michael (May 4, 2011). "China Creates New Agency for Patrolling the Internet". The New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
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