Xi: Share in­ter­net gov­er­nance

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By CAOYIN and ZHANG ZHIHAO in Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, who ad­dressed a meet­ing of global in­ter­net ex­perts on Wed­nes­day, called for all coun­tries to have independence in man­ag­ing their own in­ter­net in­dus­try and equal­ity among na­tions in par­tic­i­pat­ing in global in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try gov­er­nance.

In a keynote speech via video at the open­ing of the third an­nual World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence in Wuzhen, Xi said that China would like to work to­gether with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to “en­sure the com­mon well-be­ing of hu­man­ity, uphold cy­berspace sovereignty and also pro­mote more fair and eq­ui­table global in­ter­net gov­er­nance”.

The three-day in­ter­net con­fer­ence in the an­cient Zhe­jiang prov­ince town­ship has at­tracted more than 1,600 at­ten­dees from 110 coun­tries and re­gions.

Xi ap­plauded the great progress that has come with the in­ter­net, and dis­cussed its new chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties. “The de­vel­op­ment of the in­ter­net has no na­tional bound­aries. To take ad­van­tage of, pro­mote and gov­ern it, we must call for closer in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and joint ef­forts to build a com­mu­nity of a com­mon fu­ture in cy­berspace,” he said.

“A gen­tle­man puts ba­sic prin­ci­ples first, which will il­lu­mi­nate the way for­ward,” he quoted a Chi­nese proverb as say­ing.

Liu Yun­shan, a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, who at­tended the open­ing cer­e­mony, said that China, a large in­ter­net coun­try with more than 700 mil­lion ne­ti­zens, is will­ing to strengthen pol­icy co­or­di­na­tion and co­op­er­a­tion with other coun­tries.

To ben­e­fit all peo­ple of the world, “we should build a mul­ti­lat­eral and trans­par­ent global in­ter­net gov­er­nance sys­tem,” Liu said.

Co­op­er­a­tion should be strength­ened in cop­ing with cy­berspace se­cu­rity chal­lenges, aim­ing to safe­guard State se­cu­rity, pub­lic in­ter­est and cit­i­zens’ le­git­i­mate rights, he said.

Del Chris­tensen, chief of global busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for the Bay Area Coun­cil, a busi­ness-spon­sored, pub­lic pol­icy ad­vo­cacy group based in San Fran­cisco, said af­ter lis­ten­ing to Xi that there should be “some stan­dard that the world should abide by forge bet­ter co­op­er­a­tion and trade.”

“The in­ter­net is not a law­less zone. Ev­ery other sub­ject like fi­nance, mil­i­tary and medicine all have rules. The in­ter­net should be no dif­fer­ent,” he added.


Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping calls for in­creased in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in cy­berspace gov­er­nance in a speech via video link at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the third an­nual World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence in Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, on Wed­nes­day.

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