Date
19 August 2017
Xi Jinping has urged all nations not to violate the information sovereignty of others. Photo: Bloomberg
Xi Jinping has urged all nations not to violate the information sovereignty of others. Photo: Bloomberg

Cyberspace sovereignty must be respected: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged all nations to respect the “cyberspace sovereignty” of others, adding that “every country has the right to preserve its own information security”.

In a speech to the Brazilian congress Wednesday, Xi said the Internet’s rapid development poses new challenges to the sovereignty, security and interests of a country, and that the matter should be handled seriously, China Daily reported.

Although the Internet is highly globalized, the sovereignty of the information of all countries should be respected, Xi said.

“No matter how developed a country’s Internet technology is, it must not violate the information sovereignty of others,” he was quoted as saying.

The Chinese leader called for the establishment of a joint international system of governance to achieve a peaceful, secure and open cyberspace. Such a system should feature multilateral cooperation, democracy and transparency, he said.

The remarks were made amid continuing revelations about extensive spying by the United States on other countries, including China, Brazil and Russia, and even some US allies.

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