On December 25, 2013, National Top 10 Education News, a joint project of China Education Daily and China Education Television, announced: “The Release of the Table of General Standard Chinese Characters sets a new standard for the Information Era.”
It was reported in China Education Daily that “the State Council issued the Table of General Standard Chinese Characters on August 19, 2014. The Table serves as an important standard-setter, following on the heels of the General Table of Simplified Chinese Characters issued in 1986. The Table is a summary of, heritage of, and improvements to Chinese characters, and it serves as a new starting point for the further development of Chinese character regulations in an information age. The Table contains 8,105 characters, of which 6,500 are common. The Table eliminates five hundred characters that were in the previous General Table of Simplified Chinese Characters.
The compilation project was chaired by Professor Wan Ning of the BNU School of Chinese Language and Literature. Professor Wang Lijun, Associate Professor Bu Shixia and Professor Ling Lijun from the School of Chinese Language and Literature also worked on compilations. The Table was revised more than ninety times during ten years before it came out. The new Table will further enhance the efficiency of Chinese character learning and application and accelerate the development of social politics, the economy, science, education and culture as well as promote harmonious language usage, promote the transmission of Chinese characters worldwide, and in general be of tremendous social value.
(School of Chinese Language and Literature)