China to impose tougher laws

China has announced that it will impose tougher regulations for Internet cafes, discos and other entertainment venues, an Associated Press report said.


The report said the move was part of the Chinese government's nationwide crackdown on drugs, gambling, prostitution and pirated computer games.


The report, quoting Xinhua News Agency, said China expected the new guidelines to bar the venues from using "audio and video products and electronic games" that "harm national security and incite hatred toward other nationalities."


A provision under the new rules, which would take effect March 1, banned customers under 18 years old in places such as Internet cafes, discos and karaoke bars, the report said.