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Intl cooperation needed for establishing a sound cyberspace community

Xinhua | Updated: 2016-11-18 14:16

BEIJING - The call, by President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, for the collaborative creation of a cyberspace community of common destiny is a shared aspiration of the international community, especially developing nations.

The rapid development of the internet has changed the world in which we live, bringing new opportunities as well as new challenges to the human society, Xi said in a live-broadcast speech to the opening ceremony of the third World Internet Conference (WIC).

The internet is a dynamic, global domain. It is more than a platform for fervid shopping, from it has emerged systems that change the way we live our lives and the way we interact with the world around us.

The rise of the global village has also shone a light on issues such as imbalanced growth among nations, incomplete governing rules and unbalanced order. These tensions have materialized as identity theft, online crimes, cyber attacks and terrorist activities.

As the information gap among countries and regions continues to expand, it is increasingly difficult for the existing rules that govern cyberspace to represent the will and interests of the majority of nations.

Consequently, different nations are experiencing contrasting fates in cyberspace.

In order to address these pressing challenges, as internet development has no boundaries, international cooperation must be mobilized and a cyberspace community of common destiny established.

To this end, China has already suggested a series of principles and proposals for the healthy development of the internet. At the second WIC last year, Xi suggested four principles to promote the development and governance of the internet, including respecting sovereignty on cyberspace and safeguarding peace and security.

Xi also listed five proposals, including facilitating the construction of global internet infrastructure and developing a cyberspace governance system to promote fairness and justice.

The principles and proposals were highly appraised and welcomed by the international community.

At the WIC this year, Xi said the online world should be built upon the notions of equality and respect; innovation and development; openness and sharing; and security and order.

These objectives, together with the principles and proposals, lay a foundation for nations to build a cyberspace community of common destiny.

China will be actively involved in realizing this blueprint, contributing not only a burgeoning market, products and technology, but also culture and thoughts.

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