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China affirms opposition to cyber interference

By An Baijie | | Updated: 2017-03-01 19:48

China firmly opposes any country using the internet to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, according to the country's first strategic report on cyberspace released on Wednesday.

The International Strategy of Cooperation on Cyberspace, issued by the Foreign Ministry and the Cyberspace Administration of China, advocates the principles of peace, sovereignty, shared governance and shared benefits in international cooperation in cyberspace.

"No country should pursue cyber hegemony, interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, or engage in, condone or support cyber activities that undermine other countries’ national security," the report said.

Countries should respect each other’s right to choose their own path of cyber development, the report noted.

It's the first time that China released this kind of strategic report on cyberspace. The report was approved by the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs.

Safeguarding national sovereignty and security in cyberspace ranks first among the six strategic goals of China's participation in international cyberspace cooperation.

The other goals include ensuring a secure and orderly flow of information on the internet, improving global connectivity and maintaining peace, security and stability in cyberspace.

According to the report, enhanced defense capability in cyberspace is an important part of China’s endeavor to modernize its national defense.

"China will give play to the important role of the military in safeguarding the country’s sovereignty, security and development interests in cyberspace," said the report.

The report pointed out that as a victim itself, China opposes all forms of hacking and regards them illegal criminal activities.

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