Date
21 August 2017
Lu Wei, head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, leads the regulator's efforts to ensure the content of the internet in the country serves the interests of the ruling Communist Party. Photo: China Daily
Lu Wei, head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, leads the regulator's efforts to ensure the content of the internet in the country serves the interests of the ruling Communist Party. Photo: China Daily

Net regulator vows to make party strongest voice in cyberspace

China’s internet regulator has vowed to make the views of the ruling Communist Party the “strongest voice in cyberspace”.

Following a two-day meeting, the Cyberspace Administration of China also said a priority this year would be “using Chinese views, Chinese plans to lead to a transformation in the governance system of the internet globally”, Reuters reported.

President Xi Jinping has championed a vision for cyberspace in which internet “sovereignty” rests in the hands of countries that can control the flow of information and fence off certain online content as they please.

Since Xi took China’s helm in early 2013, he has presided over a centralization of domestic internet governance and broader efforts to control and often censor information online, experts say.

Those efforts are aimed at maintaining stability, seen by the party as a critical pillar of its rule.

This year, the regulator will strive to “let the party’s achievements in theoretical innovation and practical accomplishments become the highly held main tone and key themes in cyberspace”, it said in a statement posted on its website late Wednesday.

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