Information on access by Guangdong residents to foreign radio and television broadcasts or publications [CHN13735]

In addition to the information provided in Responses to Information Requests CHN8288 of 27 March 1991 and CHN1455 of 10 July 1989, which on report reception of Hong Kong radio and television transmissions in southern China, please find attached copies of the articles listed below. These articles report on the coverage of foreign news by Chinese journals and the activities of foreign press representatives in China. Recent (1992-1993) published reports on access by Guangdong residents to foreign radio and television broadcasts or publications could not be found among the sources currently available to the DIRB.

One of the attached articles refers to illegal border crossings and smuggling between Hong Kong and China, as well as to China's perception that Hong Kong is a source of subversion, although the article does not explain the exact nature of this subversion or identify the type of goods smuggled (Asiaweek 23 Oct. 1992, 30). Another attached article refers to a "rising wave of illegal publications," but it is not clear from the report whether any of these publications originate outside China (UPI 27 Jan. 1993). Although some radio programs aimed at international audiences are broadcast in Chinesethe United States' Voice of America (VOA), for exampleand satellite retransmissions of television programs reportedly cover most of the globe, the available reports do not provide information on whether these broadcasts or other transmissions from neighbouring countries are currently received in Guangdong and are accessible to its residents.


Asiaweek [Hong Kong]. 23 October 1992. "Manoeuvres: Tit for Tat?"

United Press International (UPI). 27 January 1993. BC Cycle. "China To Attack Rising Wave of Illegal Publications." (NEXIS)


Asiaweek [Hong Kong]. 4 December 1992. "Market Dictates: China Should Allow Its Media to Serve the People," p. 25.

. 23 October 1992. "Manoeuvres: Tit for Tat?" p. 30.

Far Eastern Economic Review [Hong Kong]. 21 May 1992. "From the Glass House: China Chides U.S. on Riots, Defends Own Record," pp. 26-27.

. 18 June 1992. "Square Bashing: Official Suspicion of Foreign Media Intensifies," pp. 12-13.

Immigration and Refugee Board Documentation Centre (IRBDC), Ottawa. 27 March 1991. Response to Information Request CHN8288. (Attachments not included)

. 10 July 1989. Response to Information Request CHN1455.