Beijing pushes ‘China solution’ for managing web
China said yesterday it will push a “China solution” to global cyber governance after releasing its first strategy paper outlining a vision of the web, where individual countries control the information that flows across their borders.
The roll out is part of an effort by Beijing to play an active role in shaping the management of the Internet, advocating what some critics have called a more atomised, less connected web.
Beijing wants “to put forward a ‘China scheme’ or a ‘China solution’ for the tough issue of cyber governance,” said Long Zhou, the coordinator of cyber affairs at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Long played down concerns about China’s Internet management, saying its measures do not conflict with citizens’ rights and the free flow of information.
Citing the United Nations Charter’s sovereignty principle, the strategy paper denounces cyber hegemony and interfering in other countries’ internal affairs.
When asked about cyber attacks on the United States, Long countered that China has itself been a victim of hacking.
“Unlike some other people,” he said, “we have not described ourselves as a victim every day and finger-pointed other countries and other people every day.”