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The Chinese regulator of broadcast services is looking to extend its patch to include web-based video services.

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) is looking at new regulations to include online video sites. Although technically covered by existing laws, changes are expected because SARFT is asking for feedback before any changes are made.

SARFT has already set up three monitoring sites in Beijing, Guangdong and Shanghai to look at video content online.

It is believed officials are acting to counter a recent spate of parody videos mocking senior Chinese figures and news readers.

At least one China-based site is already applying for a licence, according to Interfax. ®

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