Chinese leader urges global community to “strengthen pragmatic cooperation” in cyberspace
The international community should strengthen dialogue and exchanges, deepen pragmatic cooperation, and join forces to build a more just, reasonable, open, inclusive, secure, stable and vibrant cyberspace, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a letter addressed to the Wuzhen World Conference Summit that opened on Wednesday on the Internet, informs Xinhua agency.
China is ready to join forces with countries around the world to “blaze the path of global digital development, which is characterized by the joint creation and sharing of digital resources, a dynamic digital economy, effective digital governance, a thriving digital culture, reliable digital security and mutually beneficial digital cooperation,” the agency said. Xi Jinping.
The theme of the 2022 Wuzhen Summit is “Towards a Shared Digital Future in an Interconnected World – Co-Creating a Community of Shared Destiny in Cyberspace”.
Recall, earlier, the PRC authorities published a White Paper “Jointly Building a Community of Shared Destiny in Cyberspace”. White Papers are published regularly to clarify Beijing’s policies on various issues, in this case, Internet governance, or rather the need to reform the current “multi-stakeholder” Internet governance system. China, which aspires to become an “internet power” and a “digital nation”, has consistently ensured national sovereignty in cyberspace. In the White Paper, it is said, in particular, that China has become one of the world leaders in the field of 5G standards and technologies.
It should be noted in this regard that the development of Internet technologies in China and the development by Beijing of international standards in this area are considered by the United States as a threat, this is directly stated in the national cyberstrategy this country.
Recallin November 2021, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) solicited advice from US companies on how the US can “weaken any undue influence” of the PRC and encourage public and private sector participation in international organizations setting various standards.
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In the spring of the United States and its allies signed Declaration for the Future of the Internet. The document, according to a Reuters report, “pushes through the rules for the Internet, which are based on democratic values.”
External differences between what China claims about the future of cyberspace and what the United States declares about this future are not visible at first glance – the same goals are proclaimed there and there. In fact, these are opposite, incompatible documents.
The future of the Internet for the United States is the same Internet as it is today, organized in exactly the same way as it is today, according to a “multi-stakeholder” model that masks the dependence of the Internet governance system on organizations (primarily ICANN) operating in US jurisdiction.
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On the contrary, the Chinese White Paper states: “Internet problems such as unbalanced development, misregulation and unreasonable rules are becoming more and more prominent. Cyber hegemony poses a new threat to peace and development.”
It should be noted that in comparison with the American declaration “in support of the future of the Internet”, the White Paper proposed by the PRC is a well-developed, detailed and much more specific document.