Communist China calls for RED global internet governance

Attendees listen to a speech by China’s President Xi Jinping shown on a screen during the opening ceremony of the third annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China November 16, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a global rallying call Wednesday for countries to adopt Beijing style internet governance.

  • Xi Jinping: “The development of the internet knows no international boundaries. The sound use, development and governance of the internet thus calls for closer cooperation.”
  • Xi repeated China’s pledge to “promote equitable global internet governance” while upholding “cyber sovereignty.”
  • This month: China’s parliament adopted a cybersecurity law critics say could shut foreign businesses out of various sectors in China.
  • 40 international groups and technology organizations condemned the law which introduces sweeping surveillance measures.
  • Beijing: law was designed to root out cybersecurity threats in “critical” industries.

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Russia Seeks China’s Help Controlling the Internet

Russia’s Safe Internet League met in Moscow last month with China’s powerful censors, including Fang Binxing. He is known as one of the creators of “The Great Firewall of China.”

The Safe Internet League is registered as a non-governmental organization. But it reportedly has links to important Russian officials.

Observers say the recent meeting shows that government officials in the two countries want to increase their control of the Internet. Continue reading

Chinese Military Declares the Internet an Ideological ‘Battleground’

China’s military newspaper, the People’s Liberation Army Daily, warned on Wednesday that China must “resolutely protect ideological and political security on the invisible battleground of cyberspace.” The call to arms against “Western hostile forces” on the Internet comes amidst a broader push for tighter Internet controls, including experiments with offensive cyber capabilities against websites that have been banned in China.

The piece begins by repeating a claim China has made often: that Internet or cyber sovereignty is a manifestation of national sovereignty. Over the past year, China has called attention to this concept in media articles and official speeches, seeking to win international recognition of its conceptualization of how the internet should be governed. The PLA Daily piece makes it clear that China’s “cyber territory” must be defended as vigorously as physical territory. The article warned that if China doesn’t occupy and defend its “cyber territory,” then nameless “hostile forces” will use it as a “bridgehead” to attack China. Continue reading