The Chinese authorities will not approve any more internet café licenses in 2007, the Culture Ministry said Tuesday, AFP reported. The announcement, made on the ministry's website, also promised to crack down on gambling through online games as well as the use of virtual currencies. According to state media, the curbs are part of efforts to control rising internet addiction, with 13% of all internet users under the age of 18 said to be addicted to going online. There are thought to be about 113,000 internet cafés in China at present, the number having increased rapidly in recent years as more people have started using the internet. In January, President Hu Jintao spoke of the need to "purify the internet environment".
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