WUZHEN - China’s President Xi Jinping called on Wednesday for greater global cooperation in developing the internet and make it more “fair and equitable”, as Beijing seeks to bolster its global role in shaping the web.
The speech was read out on Xi’s behalf at China’s main internet conference in the northern city of Wuzhen, a tightly-controlled event organised by the cyber ministry that oversees the domestic internet and censors online content.
“There is an urgent need for us to speed up the internet economy and work for governance that is more fair and equitable,” Xi said.
Technology and the internet are key battlegrounds in a trade war between China and the United States, with a spotlight on US complaints about intellectual property theft and China’s ambitions to become a global leader in cutting edge tech.
China and Xi have pushed for a bigger role in global internet governance and called on nations to respect Beijing’s “cyber sovereignty”, an idea that countries should be free to control and censor their internet infrastructure as they see fit.