China wants cyberspace trust

World | REUTERS 21 Oct 2019

A "Cold War mentality" and "bully behavior" are hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China's propaganda chief said yesterday at the start of the World Internet Conference in the eastern town of Wuzhen.

Huang Kunming, head of the publicity department of the ruling Communist Party, said: "The Cold War thinking and zero-sum game, this has stopped and hindered exchanges in cyberspace. Also, bully behavior in cyberspace has had a negative impact on mutual trust."

He added: "By using national security as an excuse, some countries have attacked some countries and enterprises. This has increased the uncertainty, opposition and negativity in cyberspace."

He did not specify which countries he is referring to.

The state-run conference takes place this year against a backdrop of rising US-China tensions that have especially overshadowed the tech sector.

Washington has barred US firms from exporting to certain Chinese tech companies, while the resulting tariffs of the trade war have hit tech supply chains.

China has been pushing for a bigger role in global internet governance and has called on nations to respect Beijing's "cyber sovereignty," the idea that countries should be free to control and censor their internet infrastructure.

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