Just a pet peeve….
I wish when people talk about things coming out of Mainland China, that make clear
1) exactly what it is and
2) exactly who issued it
In the PRC, a law is very different from a regulation which is very different from an opinion, a measure, and a decision.
A law is a bill passed by the National People’s Congress or the NPCSC. No one else in Mainland China other than the NPC can pass a law.
A regulation is an administrative order passed by the State Council.
An opinion is a general directive issued by the State Council, agency, or local government.
A measure is set of specific implementations by an agency or local government.
A decision is a resolution of a court case.
Now about whatever Xinhua issued. First of all, it is not clear what exactly got issued. Second, unless there is an administrative rule that I am unaware of, Xinhua is not technically a state agency, and does not have authority to issue binding regulations or to punish people for breaking those regulations.
The only way this would work is if the General Administration on Press and Publications issued a measure, which does not seem to have happened, or else the Central Publicity Department of the CCP is telling people to go through Xinhua. However, most newspapers have their own sources of political cover, and so if CPD is doing this, they need to negotiate a bit.
This gets me to a final annoyance. You’d think that in this day and age, when people quote a regulation from the PRC, that they would at least hyperlink to the regulation.