Beijing, 9 November 2022 (TDI): China has published a white paper that outlines its vision for internet development as well as governance in the new era, on Monday.

The white paper also highlighted China’s achievements in promoting the development of a community with a shared future in cyberspace and outlining the prospects for international cooperation.

The white paper, titled “Jointly Build a Community with a Shared Future in Cyberspace,” was released by the State Council Information Office.

On December 16, 2015, the President of China, Xi Jinping urged all countries to work together to build a community of shared future in cyberspace during the opening ceremony of the second World Internet Conference (WIC).

It highlights that with the rapid development of the internet, cyberspace governance is facing increasingly serious challenges.

Aside from issues such as unbalanced development and ineffective regulation, it warned of the threat of cyber-hegemony.

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Certain countries use the internet and information technology to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and engage in large-scale cyber surveillance.

Noting the increasingly complex cybersecurity situation, the white paper stated that it is the responsibility of all humanity to develop, use, and manage the internet in a way that benefits humanity.

China “understands the underlying trends of the information age; upholds a people-centered approach; and supports global governance based on extensive consultation, joint contribution, and shared benefits,” according to the paper.

Likewise, “We strive to realize the goals of innovation-driven development, security, order, equality, respect, openness, and shared interests in cyberspace so that cyberspace will be a community that benefits all of humanity.”

In doing so, basic principles including respecting cyber sovereignty, safeguarding peace and security, promoting openness and cooperation, and maintaining good order should be adhered to, noted the white paper.