Foreign Internet firms told to obey laws
Foreign websites must abide by Chinese laws and its Internet management policies if they want to operate in the country, a top official said.
Wen Ku, director of the telecom department at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said the rapid development of the Internet is forcing China to come up with new measures to maintain cybersecurity and steady growth.
“The country needs new methods to tackle new problems ... the development of the Internet has to be in accordance with Chinese laws,” he said at a news conference in Beijing.
The Internet sector in China is the biggest in the world with about 650 million users.
Wen’s comments follow reports that China recently blocked access to several virtual private networks, a service that allows users to access websites that are currently unavailable on the Chinese mainland.
Three VPN providers — Astrill, StrongVPN and Golden Frog —claimed last week that their services had been disrupted and were unavailable for users on the Chinese mainland.