Think Tank Report: More 'Democratic' Internet Governance Needed in China

Major topics at 4th World Internet Conference

Xi Jinping, President of China said that the country will not close its door to the global internet on December 3.

Xi's comments were read by Huang Kunming, head of the Chinese Communist Party's publicity department at the country's largest public cyber policy forum in the town of Wuzhen in eastern China.

Xi highlighted cyber sovereignty at the same event two years ago, calling on nations to respect one another's internet regulations.

In his letter, Xi said the development of the internet has posed many new challenges for the sovereignty, security, and development interests of the world's countries. The World Internet Conference is spearheaded by the Cyberspace Administration of China and largely viewed as a way for the country to promote its version of a censored and controlled internet...

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China's Communist Party has been implementing stringent cyber regulations over the past year.

In June, China introduced a new national cybersecurity law that requires foreign firms to store data locally and submit to data surveillance measures. The World Internet Conference comes after a year in which China has become more assertive over its perceived right to regulate its internal Internet. Business groups say the rules unfairly target foreign firms.

With a theme of "Developing Digital Economy for Openness and Shared Benefits - Building a Community of Common Future in Cyberspace", the conference will welcome 1,500 guests from five continents, including heads of global organizations, internet business leaders, internet celebrities, experts and scholars. Officials have also sought a greater role for China in strengthening global internet governance. However, he also called for China to "join a common future in cyberspace".

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