China compiles its own Wikipedia which can’t be edited by the public

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Photo of the first 74-volume paper edition of the Chinese Encyclopaedia. [Photo: cnpubg.com]

Over 20,000 scholars and experts have been handpicked by the Chinese government to create the country’s own version of Wikipedia which is set to launch in 2018.

Bai Chunli, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and deputy director of the book’s editorial board said that the aim of the project is to “compile an internet-based digital encyclopaedia on-par with the world’s best.”

Bai Chunli, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and deputy director of the Chinese Encyclopaedia's editorial board, speaks at a meeting at the headquarters of the CAS in Beijing, April 11, 2017. [Photo: gov.cn]
Bai Chunli, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and deputy director of the Chinese Encyclopaedia’s editorial board, speaks at a meeting at the headquarters of the CAS in Beijing, April 11, 2017. [Photo: gov.cn]

Liu further said that the authors will contribute articles in 103 disciplines with an aim of creating 300,000 entries by 2018.

The executive editor-in-chief of the project, Yang Muzhi describes the Chinese Encyclopaedia as a “Great Wall of culture”, saying it will serve as a daily learning tool for future users, People’s Daily Online reports.

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