WUZHEN, China (Reuters) – A so-called “Cold War mentality” and a “bully behavior” is to be prevented and mutual trust in cyberspace, is China’s propaganda chief, said on Sunday that the launch of the World’s Internet Conference to be held in the eastern Chinese city of Wuzhen.
People walk in front of a window to the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, on the 20th October 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Aly Song
Huang Kunming, head of the publicity department of China’s ruling Communist y, said that under the guise of national security, and in some of the countries that launched cyber attacks on countries and corporations.
Huang did not specify which countries he was referring to.
The “Cold-War thinking and zero-sum game, in that it has been delayed and made more difficult the exchange on the cyberspace. Also, bully behavior in the wild has had a negative impact on mutual trust,” he said.
“Through the use of national security as an excuse for some of the countries have been attacked by some countries, and companies. This has led to an increase in the uncertainty, opposition, and negativity into the wild.”
The state run Internet World Conference, which is one of the most important tech conference, will take place against a backdrop of rising U.S.-China tensions, which are mostly subsumed in the tech sector.
Washington has ruled out U.S. companies for the export of certain Chinese tech companies, by way of trade-in black lists, and the two countries have made tit-for-tat tariffs on each other, in an intensification of the trade war, which is also based on the tech-the supply chain.
China has traditionally been used in the three-day event, the participants of this year, Alibaba Group (BABA).S), Baidu Inc (BIDU.O), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.(O) and Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.D), in order to promote its own ideologies to the global internet governance and the defense of a very controlled wild.
China has pushed for a greater role in global internet governance, and nations, and to respect Beijing’s “cyber sovereignty,” which is the idea that countries should be free to monitor and censor their internet infrastructure as they see fit.
The annual conference is hosted by the internet censorship agency, the Cyberspace Administration of China, which is responsible for the management of China’s tight control of the cyber space, which would prevent users in the country accessing the services of the likes of Facebook (FB.Oh and Google of course.
Reporting by Josh Horwitz and Yingzhi Yang Wuzhen; writing by Tom Daly in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; editing by Richard Pullin