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Xi defends China's 'cybersovereignty'

China employs one of the world's most exhaustive Internet censorship regimes to suppress dissidence and other information deemed dangerous by the ruling Communist Party


President Xi Jinping defended China's strict control of websites, saying it was necessary to keep public order, and urged nations to respect each other's sovereignty over the Internet. Countries must not interfere in the internal affairs of others, Xi told a technology gathering Wednesday in Wuzhen, adapting a concept that has long been part of the Chinese Communist Party's foreign policy. Cyberspace must not become a "battlefield" between states, Xi said, and he called for greater cooperation on punishing cyber-attacks and fighting terrorism. "We should respect ...

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First Published: Thu, December 17 2015. 00:17 IST