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Chinese military banned from blogging

Chinese soldiers have been banned from blogging after the authorities realised it could help those pesky capitalists and the Dalai Lama find out what they're up to.

State media organ Xinhau said the People's Liberation Army has revised its regulations to adapt to the 21st century.

The regulations, which came into force on June 15th, prohibit soldiers from creating websites, homepages, or blogging on the Internet.

The Beijing News interviewed Wan Lon, who is apparently the political commissar of a regiment in the Guangzhou Military Area Command. He said: "It means soldiers cannot open blogs on the Internet no matter if he or she does it in the capacity of a soldier or not."

"The Internet is complicated and we should guard against online traps," he added.

Under the new order, soldies are also banned from posting "longly hearts" ads. We're not sure whther Xinua made that typo or whether its was transliterating from the Beijing News or whether the Chinese really have longly hearts ads.

"If information of military officers and their unit aroused attention of people with ulterior motives, it'll pose a threat to confidentiality of the armed forces," Yang Jigui, commander of the Xigaze military sub-command in Tibet Autonomous Region, was quoted as saying.