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Unformatted text preview: China to issue new list of simplified Chinese characters BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) -- For the first time in nearly 20 years, China will issue a modified list of simplified Chinese characters in an effort to further standardize a language used by billions around the world. Wang Ning, vice director with the Institute of Linguistics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said Wednesday at a CASS conference on Chinese culture that editing of the new list had already been completed and changes would be published &quot;very soon&quot;. She did not give an exact date or tell Xinhua how the list would be made available. &quot;Over-simplification of some characters actually made them even harder to understand in some cases, which is the problem we are trying to address here,&quot; Wang said. She added, the new list would involve a rather small number of changes to characters currently in use. The goal is to make them easier to learn. On Thursday, Wang Dengfeng, vice director of the State Language Commission, confirmed the Ministry...
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- Fall '10
- Simplified Chinese characters, People's Republic of China, Traditional Chinese characters