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China to launch Wikipedia rival in 2018

“Officials said more than 20,000 people had been hired to work on the project, which will feature 300,000 entries at about 1,000 words each.Unlike Wikipedia, it will be created by selected scholars from state-run universities rather than being openly editable by volunteers.Wikipedia is available in China, but some of its content it blocked.” (via BBC News)

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China funds construction of Africa’s largest university library

“The Chinese government is wholly funding the construction of what is thought to be Africa’s largest university library, which is being built in Tanzania.The new library at the University of Dar es Salaam will cost an estimated $40 million (£27.5 million) and will hold 800,000 books when complete, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.John Magufuli, the Tanzanian president, laid the foundation stone of the new library at a ceremony that was also attended by Lyu Youqing, the Chinese ambassador to the country.” (via Times Higher Education (THE))

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College librarian in China admits he replaced art with fakes

“A former chief librarian at a Chinese university admitted in court Tuesday to stealing more than 140 paintings by grandmasters in a gallery under his watch and replacing them with fakes he painted himself. For two years up until 2006, Xiao Yuan substituted famous works including landscapes and calligraphies in a gallery within the library of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.” (via AP)

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US, CHINESE AUTHORS PROTEST MAJOR BOOK FAIR, CENSORSHIP

“Chinese and American authors gathered Wednesday to protest a major U.S. book fair’s focus on China that they say ignores the country’s glaring problems of censorship and intimidation. Jonathan Franzen, Xiaolu Guo, Andrew Solomon, Ha Jin and others stood outside the main New York Public Library to demand that China free Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and professor Ilham Tohti from prison, stop restricting other writers and have the confidence to allow free speech.” (via AP)

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Sensing subversion, China throws the book at kids’ libraries

“When she got off school last Thursday, Huang Qiufeng, the high spirited 12-year old daughter of migrant workers, dropped by the local library in this scruffy village on the outskirts of Beijing, as she does from time to time. She found it closed, replaced by a convenience store. The brightly painted letters on the wall spelling out “BOOK” were obscured by shelves full of instant noodles. “The people here were very nice and I really liked the library,” Qiufeng said. “But now it’s gone.” (via CSMonitor.com)

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