Amidst allegations by US and others of cyber attacks by Chinese entities, President Xi Jinping today said China is ready to work with other countries to build an international Internet governance system ensuring security, democracy and transparency of cyberspace. Also Read - Instagram critical bug fixed by Facebook, could allow hackers to turn your phone into a spying tool
In a message to the three-day First World Internet Conference in Wuzhen in country’s eastern Zhejiang Province, he said China is actively advancing the development of the Internet and extending its benefit to the 1.3 billion Chinese people. “Following the principle of mutual respect and mutual trust, China is ready to work with other countries to deepen international cooperation, respect sovereignty on the Internet, uphold cyber security, and jointly build a cyberspace of peace, security, openness and cooperation and an international Internet governance system of multilateralism, democracy and transparency,” he said. Also Read - Truecaller data of 47 million Indians breached, company denies
China faced allegations by US and number of other countries of cyber attacks and theft. Beijing vehemently refutes the claim stating that it is a victim of the mass cyber attacks itself and points to revelations by US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden about cyber snooping on several Chinese entities. Xi said the Internet is increasingly becoming a pacesetter of innovation-driven development, profoundly changing people’s ways of production and life and powering social development. “The development of the Internet has posed new challenges to national sovereignty, security and development interests,” which requires the international community to meet urgently and seriously and pursue common governance and win-win outcome, he said. Also Read - Hackers using Google Meet and Zoom to target users: Here's how
With the theme of “an Interconnected World Shared and Governed by All”, the conference has reflected the major issues of cyberspace that the international community is focused on, he said. The conference, held by the Cyberspace Administration of China, will cover topics including global Internet governance, mobile Internet, cross-border e-commerce, cyber security and terrorism. It was attended top Chinese business magnets like Alibaba chairman Jack Ma, Tencent founder and chairman Pony Ma, Chinese search engine Baidu CEO Li Yanhong, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) CEO Fadi Chehade and representatives from Qualcomm, Microsoft and Samsung, among more than 1,000 delegates from nearly 100 countries and regions.