China culture crackdown a sign of ‘profound’ political change – commentary

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The Chinese national flag is seen in Beijing, China April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

SHANGHAI, Aug 31 (Reuters) – China’s crackdown on celebrity culture and its moves to rein in giant internet firms are a sign of “profound” political changes under way in the country, a prominent blogger said in a post widely circulated across state media.

The Chinese government has recently taken action against what it has described as “chaotic” online fan club culture, and has also punished celebrities for tax evasion and other offences.

In a wide-ranging series of interventions in the economy, it has also promised to tackle inequality, “excessively high” incomes, soaring property prices and profit-seeking education institutions.

“This is a transformation from the capital at the centre to people at the centre,” nationalist author Li Guangman wrote in an essay originally posted on his official Wechat channel.

“This is also a return to the original intentions…

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