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International strategy of cooperation on cyberspace

China Daily | Updated: 2017-03-02 07:46

International strategy of cooperation on cyberspace

Participants at the second Wuhan Hackathon concentrate on their coding. The Hackathon was held in Hubei province on Oct 29, 2016.[SONG ZHENTAO/CHINA DAILY]

Editor's note: On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cyberspace Administration of China jointly released a document titled "International Strategy of Cooperation on Cyberspace". Full text below:


Chapter I. Opportunities and Challenges

Chapter II. Basic Principles

1. The Principle of Peace

2. The Principle of Sovereignty

3. The Principle of Shared Governance

4. The Principle of Shared Benefits

Chapter III. Strategic Goals 

1. Safeguarding Sovereignty and Security

2. Developing A System of International Rules

3. Promoting Fair internet Governance

4. Protecting Legitimate Rights and Interests of Citizens

5. Promoting Cooperation on Digital Economy

6. Building Platform for Cyber Culture Exchange

Chapter IV. Plan of Action

1. Peace and Stability in Cyberspace

2. Rule-based Order in Cyberspace

3. Partnership in Cyberspace

4. Reform of Global internet Governance System

5. International Cooperation on Cyber Crimes and Cyber Terrorism

6. Protection of Citizens' Rights and Interests Including Privacy

7. Digital Economy and Sharing of Digital Dividends

8. Global Information Infrastructure Development and Protection

9. Exchange of Cyber Cultures



Cyberspace is the common space of activities for mankind. The future of cyberspace should be in the hands of all countries. Countries should step up communications, broaden consensus and deepen cooperation to jointly build a community of shared future in cyberspace.

- Remarks by H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, 2015/12/16

Today, the rapid advancement of information technology represented by the internet has brought about new ways of social production, created new space for people's life, opened new horizons of state governance and enhanced people's ability to understand and shape the world.

As the common asset of human society, the internet has turned the world into a global village. In the interconnected cyberspace, countries are bound together by intertwined interests. It is in the shared interests and also the responsibility of the international community to safeguard peace and security, promote openness and cooperation and foster a community of shared future in cyberspace.

International Strategy of Cooperation on Cyberspace provides a comprehensive explanation of China's policy and position on cyber-related international affairs as well as the basic principles, strategic goals and plan of action in its external relations on that front. It aims to guide China's participation in international exchange and cooperation in cyberspace for the next period of time, and encourage the international community to come together to enhance dialogue and cooperation and build a peaceful, secure, open, cooperative and orderly cyberspace and a multilateral, democratic and transparent global internet governance system.

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