China's internet industry second only to US, Beijing-backed study says

Mae Love
December 7, 2017

"We use standards and take a quantitative approach to reflect President Xi Jinping's thought on internet governance", Xu Yunhong, the academy's assistant president said on the release of the report.

According to a state-supported internet think tank on Monday, China is now the fifth country amongst 38 nations worldwide which has a standard for cyber governance. He added the cyber sovereignty will play a central role in the vision of internet development. The Cyberspace Administration of China said the new measures, which include increased surveillance of messaging apps and tighter controls on the use of virtual private networks, were created to maintain social order and protect socialist values. "China's doors will only become more and more open", said Xi in the note. These comments come after a period of significant cyber regulation in China over the past twelve months.

China adopted a new cybersecurity measure this year requiring foreign firms to store data in the country and submit to surveillance checks.

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Cyber regulators say the laws are in line with worldwide rules, and that they are created to protect personal privacy and counter attacks on core infrastructure. However, business organization expressed that the laws treat foreign firms unfairly.

"China stands ready to develop new rules and systems of internet governance to serve all parties and counteract current imbalances", said Wang Huning, a member of the Communist Party standing committee at the event on Sunday. However, he also called for China to "join a common future in cyberspace". The World Internet Conference is spearheaded by the Cyberspace Administration of China and largely viewed as a way for the country to promote its version of a censored and controlled internet...

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