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Scholars and experts hand-picked by Beijing to work on the project say only they will be able to make entries – the latest example of the Chinese government's efforts to control information available on the internet.The effort to compile 300,000 entries that span science, literature, politics and history is being led by the ruling Communist Party's central propaganda department, which guides public opinion through instructions to China's media, internet companies and publishing industry as well as overseeing the education sector. They have instructed the Encyclopedia of China Publishing House, known for its offline Chinese Encyclopedia, to produce it.The publishing house behind the Chinese Encyclopedia is paying 20,000 scholars and experts from universities and research institutes to write entries and it is slated to go online next year.More than 900,000 entries are in Chinese, compared with more than 5 million in English.Jiang said that as Wikipedia's content is generated by users, they can create more entries faster.
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