China listed sovereignty, peace, shared governance, and the shared benefits as their basic principles and included the brief explanations as to how they take the cyberspace in their first cyberpolicy paper named “International Strategy of Cooperation on Cyberspace.”
The main aim of the paper is to give a comprehensive explanation of the China’s policy and the position on cyber-related international affairs, basic principles, strategic goals and also a plan of action in its external relations, according to the English translation of this policy which you can check Xihere.
This Policy will be used to “guide the China’s participation in the international exchange and cooperation in cyberspace for a period of time, and to encourage international community to come together and enhance dialogue and cooperation to build a peaceful, open, secure, cooperative and orderly cyberspace and a democratic, multilateral, and transparent global Internet governance system,” said, the nation.
The paper is also written to address the opportunities and challenges China predicts it will face in its journey.
China also highlighted stability and peace in cyberspace, rule-based order, partnership in the cyberspace, reform of international cooperation on cyber terrorism and cybercrimes, the global internet governance system, and the protection of citizen rights and interests including the privacy as key issues.
“Cyberspace is the common space of activities for mankind. The future of cyberspace should be in the hands of all countries, Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping was cited saying in the paper. “Countries should step up communications, increase consensus and also deepen the cooperation to combinedly build a community of shared future in cyberspace.”
At the same time, the policy said that “countries should respect each other’s right to choose their own path of cyber development.”
According to the paper, China will continue to actively participate in cyber-related international process while building relations with other nations to reach universally accepted international rules and to establish fair and reasonable global cyberspace governance system.