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Top society and culture news for January 11, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Taiwan scrambles jets."




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China says no to Pokemon Go over public safety and national security concerns / Beijing Morning Post (in Chinese)

China’s media regulating authority announced on Tuesday that Pokemon Go, along with other augmented reality games, will be banned in China for now until potential security risks related to them are fully evaluated. The authority’s statement explained, “given overseas consumer experience and several cases, games of this genre present big social risks during their operation, such as posing a threat to geographical information security, social transportation safety, and personal safety.” The statement drew mixed reactions online, as some commented that “the government is truly afraid of public gathering,” while others applauded the decision, writing that “national secrets are very likely to be disclosed if the game is introduced to China.”