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China flags crackdown on "undesirable" online games

China said it would issue new rules cracking down on "undesirable" elements of online games amid fears of growing Internet addiction as the number of players soar, state media reported on Thursday.

The industry's growth comes after media reports of soaring rates of online addiction, and officials blaming Internet obsessions for the majority of juvenile crime.

"Although China's online gaming industry had been hot in recent years, online games are regarded by many as a sort of spiritual opium and the whole industry is marginalized by mainstream society," Thursday's China Daily quoted Kou Xiaowei, a senior official with the General Administration of Press and Publication, as saying.

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