Cyberspace regulator meets the press
Updated: 2006-02-17 19:45
Liu Zhengrong, deputy director general of Internet Affairs Bureau under the
State Council Information Office, met with the press on February 14 to discuss
the development and management of the Internet in China.
Guo Weimin, director general of the Press Bureau under
the State Council Information Office, chaired the press conference.
deputy director general of Internet Affairs Bureau under the State Council
Information Office, talks about China's Internet development at a press
conference in Beijiing.
The following is the full coverage of meeting:
Guo Weimin: Good afternoon, everybody. We recently received
applications from some media organizations including The Washington Post, The
New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, representatives of which are here
today, inquiring into the development and management of the Internet in China.
We've organized this special news conference to address those issues. We are
honored to have present with us Mr Liu Zhengrong, deputy director general of
Internet Affairs Bureau of the State Council Information Office.
Liu Zhengrong : Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Before
I take your questions, I'd like to make three points:
First, the Internet has developed very rapidly in China and we now have
approximately 110 million Internet users. China ranks second in the world in
terms of Internet usage. The Chinese government is fully aware of the
advancement and importance of the Internet, and has therefore dedicated itself
to promoting its development and wider application in the country. Our attitude
towards the Internet is very positive.
Second, China regulates the Internet according to law and has accordingly
enacted relevant rules and regulations. We also advocate self-discipline on the
part of the Internet industry.
Third, China's management of the Internet follows international practices. We
value and have learned from successful international experiences and practices
in this respect.
One more point I'd like to make is that in China, the Internet is subject to
the administration of several government departments. They include the Ministry
of Information Industry, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Culture, and
the State Council Information Office.
At this juncture, I will take your questions.