Bei­jing pushes ‘China so­lu­tion’ for man­ag­ing web

New Straits Times - - World - AFP

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.”

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