China, ROK cy­berspace co­op­er­a­tion urged

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By ZHOU WA zhouwa@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China and the Repub­lic of Korea should co­op­er­ate more to safe­guard cy­bersovereignty and cy­ber­se­cu­rity, the head of the Chi­nese In­ter­net in­for­ma­tion reg­u­la­tory agency said in Seoul on Tues­day.

Lu Wei, min­is­ter of the State In­ter­net In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, de­liv­ered a keynote speech at the sec­ond China-ROK In­ter­net Roundtable, an an­nual event co­hosted by the of­fice and the ROK Min­istry of Fu­ture Cre­ation and Sci­ence. China and the ROK should work to­gether to build a new in­ter­na­tional or­der that can safe­guard cy­bersovereignty and en­com­pass In­ter­net gov­er­nance in UN mul­ti­lat­eral frame­works, Lu said.

Jia Xi­udong, a re­searcher on in­ter­na­tional af­fairs at the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, agreed.

“Cy­bersovereignty — a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of state sovereignty into cy­berspace — should also be re­spected and pro­tected,” he said.

“Given the dy­namic de­vel­op­ment of China-ROK re­la­tions in the In­ter­net era, it is es­sen­tial for the two coun­tries to im­prove their co­op­er­a­tion in cy­bersovereignty to pro­tect their na­tional in­ter­ests.”

Lu said Bei­jing wants to work more with Seoul in this field.

“China hopes to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with the ROK to push for res­o­lu­tions on key is­sues in tech­nol­ogy, equip­ment and mo­bile ter­mi­nals,” the min­is­ter said.

He also called on the two coun­tries to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in safe­guard­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity, com­bat­ing cy­ber­crimes and pro­tect­ing pri­vacy.

Bei­jing and Seoul share broad com­mon in­ter­ests in In­ter­net co­op­er­a­tion, and such co­op­er­a­tion is cru­cial to the

China hopes to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with the ROK to push for res­o­lu­tions on key is­sues in tech­nol­ogy, equip­ment and mo­bile ter­mi­nals.” LU WEI MIN­IS­TER OF THE STATE IN­TER­NET IN­FOR­MA­TION OF­FICE

de­vel­op­ment of the In­ter­net, ob­servers said.

Jia Qing­guo, a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional af­fairs at Pek­ing Univer­sity, said cy­ber­se­cu­rity is­sues bring new chal­lenges to all coun­tries.

The In­ter­net user base in China has ex­panded tremen­dously in re­cent years. Ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment fig­ures, China now has 600 mil­lion In­ter­net users, ac­count­ing for 44.1 per­cent of the Chi­nese pop­u­la­tion, and the num­ber of users is still ris­ing.

Users of so­cial net­works such as mi­cro blogs ex­ceed 300 mil­lion, while more than 200 mil­lion mi­cro-blog posts are sub­mit­ted or for­warded ev­ery day.

The Chi­nese main­land is cur­rently home to nearly 3 mil­lion web­sites. Five Chi­nese web­sites — Baidu.com, QQ. com, Taobao. com, Sina. com.cn and Sohu.com — were listed among the top 20 most pop­u­lar world web­sites in 2013 by Royal Ping­dom, a Swedish com­pany that fo­cuses on In­ter­net-re­lated re­search.

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