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China Calls for Global Cooperation to Regulate the Internet

China Calls for Global Cooperation to Regulate the InternetIn the World Internet Conference at Wuzhen, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the president and his propaganda chief Liu Yunshan expressed their concern about the global internet governance. They are also seeking to rectify “imbalances” in regulations across cyberspace.

“The development of the internet knows no international boundaries. The sound use, development, and governance of the internet thus calls for closer cooperation,” Xi said in a video message on the opening ceremony of China’s third World Internet Conference.

China’s technological influence has grown over the past years. The ruling Communist Party led by Xi has made extensive efforts to control its cyberspace. It often censors the flow of information coming into the country.

The country has its very own online censorship system, also known as the “Great Firewall”. This very sophisticated censorship system blocks, filters, and attacks internet services.

Xi vows to “promote equitable global internet governance” while reiterating to respect “cyber sovereignty,” or the rights of every country to manage their own internet.

Last month, the National People’s Congress adopted a ‘cybersecurity law’ that strengthens censorship, surveillance, and other controls over the Internet. The law also has the power to block foreign websites or businesses out of various areas of China.

International groups and technological organizations expressed their concerns about China’s new cybersecurity law. This law promotes stronger surveillance measures and higher local data storage requirements.

Chinese officials said the law will not violate the interest of “critical industries”, and will not target foreign businesses.

China showed their willingness to cooperate with other nations to develop international regulation for the internet “in a more balanced way,” said Liu.

“There can’t be national security for one country while there is insecurity in another. (Countries) can’t seek their own so-called ‘absolute security’ while sacrificing the security of another country,” Liu added.
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