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China Bans Use of English in Print, Internet

A Chinese man walks past a billboard for a new commercial development which reads ‘Shangrila is in your mind but your buffalo is not’ in Beijing (file photo)

Chinese authorities have banned the use of foreign words and phrases – especially English – in Chinese newspapers, books and websites.

The ban, reported Wednesday, was issued by the General Administration of Press and Publication, the governing body for written publications. It says the increasing use of English and half-English phrases is damaging the purity of the Chinese language and disrupting the nation's "harmonious and healthy cultural environment."

The ruling body leaves some room for English words and abbreviations to be used if they are immediately followed by a Chinese translation or explanation. It says translations should be consistent with basic translation principles and practices.

The announcement includes a warning that violations will be punished as provided for by the law.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.