Cy­berspace gov­er­nance to get top pri­or­ity

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA -

said that the Sec­ond World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence in Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, will be used as a plat­form to share and voice China’s con­cerns and opin­ions on cy­berspace gov­er­nance. At the same time, it will also act as a bridge for guests from home and abroad to ex­change views about the in­dus­try.

Lu said that the theme for this year’s con­fer­ence is net­work con­nec­tions and mu­tual gov­er­nance, adding that a peace­ful, safe, stable and pros­per­ous cy­berspace is im­por­tant for all coun­tries.

“No one can be ex­cluded from the purview of the sub­jects un­der dis­cus­sion. China will un­der­take its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously and hope to achieve con­sen­sus on sev­eral is­sues,” Lu said.

This is how­ever, not the first time that China is re­it­er­at­ing its In­ter­net com­mit­ments. In July, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping de­liv­ered a speech in Brazil, say­ing the coun­try is will­ing to jointly build a mul­ti­lat­eral, demo­cratic and trans­par­ent In­ter­net gov­er­nance sys­tem.

China has also been im­prov­ing its In­ter­net pro­tec­tion mech­a­nism through leg­is­la­tion.

The Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of theN­ational Peo­ple’s Congress, the top leg­is­la­ture, adopted a new Na­tional Se­cu­rity Law in July, which cov­ers a wide spec­trum of top­ics such as de­fense, fi­nance, science and tech­nol­ogy, cul­ture and re­li­gion.

Zheng Shuna a mem­ber of the Leg­isla­tive Af­fairs Com­mis­sion of the NPC Stand­ing Com­mit­tee, said that le­gal back­ing is es­sen­tial due to the of “ever-grow­ing se­cu­rity chal­lenges”.

“Ex­ter­nally, the na­tion must de­fend its sovereignty, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests, and in­ter­nally, it must main­tain its po­lit­i­cal se­cu­rity and so­cial sta­bil­ity,” Zheng said.

Li Yux­iao, chief of In­ter­net Man­age­ment and Law Re­search Cen­ter of Beijing Univer­sity of Posts and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion, said China must play a lead role in making in­ter­na­tional rules per­tain­ing to cy­berspace.

He said the na­tional se­cu­rity leg­is­la­tion showed the cen­tral lead­er­ship’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to up­hold In­ter­net gov­er­nance and also rep­re­sented China’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to play a re­spon­si­ble role in the world.

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