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Xi calls for respect for "Internet sovereignty"

chinadaily.com.cn Updated: 2015-12-16

At the opening ceremony of the 2nd World Internet Conference, on Wednesday, Dec 16, President Xi Jinping asked that the international community respect the “Internet sovereignty” of individual countries and build multilateral, democratic, transparent global Internet governance and that they increase dialogues and cooperation, reform global Internet governance, and make cyberspace a peaceful, secure and open place.

Xi went on to say that global Internet governance reforms need to be based on a principle of Internet sovereignty, and that, “We should respect the rights of individual countries in choosing their own Internet development path, Internet governance, and Internet policies and take part in cyberspace governance on an equal basis and not push cyberspace hegemony or interfere in other countries’ internal affairs or engage in or support cyberspace activities that jeopardize the national security of others.”

Officials said China has been the victim of a large number of cyber attacks from Internet servers based in some developed countries, such as the United States. Xi said that the Internet should not be a place to promote rivalry among different countries or a seed bed of crime, and the international community needs to work together to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering.

The WIC, which runs through Friday, has brought together more than 2,000 people, including state leaders, government officials, business leaders, Internet titans, and experts from more than 120 countries and regions. Its 10 forums provide a place for the exchange of views on a wide range of topics such as Internet cultural communication, Internet innovation and development, digital economic cooperation, cyber security, Internet plus, cyberspace governance and the digital Silk Road.

China had 668 million Internet users by July 2015, the number of any country in the world, covering all cities and towns, and 93.5 percent of villages.



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