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Statement by Ambassador Fu Cong in CD on International Strategy of Cooperation on Cyberspace
2017/03/09

Mr. President,

I ask for the floor today in order to introduce a document jointly issued by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cyberspace Administration of China on the 1st March this year, and entitled the International Strategy of Cooperation on Cyberspace. This document is the first international strategy issued by China in the field of cyberspace, and serves as a guiding policy paper on China's current and future participation in the global cyberspace governance and related international cooperation. The Chinese Delegation has requested the Secretariat to circulate the paper as an official CD document. I would like to speak briefly on the Chinese Government's thinking behind the issuance of the Strategy and its main contents.

The in-depth development of the information revolution and the accelerated integration between the Internet and the real space have brought about huge development opportunities for mankind. But at the same time, they have also given rise to numerous new questions which urgently require international community's collective response. Guided by the principle of win-win cooperation, China is actively engaged in international cooperation on cyberspace, and is committed to joining force with the international community in building a community of shared future in cyberspace.

By issuing the Strategy, China aims at achieving the following objectives:

· To enrich and give greater substance to the concept of community of shared future in cyber space;

· To provide a comprehensive explanation of China's policy and position on cyber space;

· To spell out China's purposes and objectives in its participation of related international cooperation;

· To indicate China's strong readiness in support of international exchanges and cooperation on cyberspace; and

· to propose a "Chinese Solution" to the difficult questions pertaining to the global cyberspace governance.

The Strategy analyses comprehensively the opportunities and challenges in cyberspace, sets out "peace, sovereignty, shared governance, shared benefits" as the basic principles guiding international cooperation on cyberspace. It establishes six strategic goals: safeguarding sovereignty and security, developing a system of international rules, promoting fair Internet governance, protecting legitimate rights and interest of citizens, promoting cooperation on digital economy, and building platform for cyber culture exchange. On the basis of these strategic goals, a plan of action is drawn up, consisting of 9 specific actions aimed at moving forward international cooperation on cyberspace. To put it in a nutshell, there are five salient points in the Strategy:

1, "Peace and Development". World peace and development depend heavily on the security and stability in cyberspace. The Strategy calls upon the international community to observe, in real earnest, the purposes and principles enshrined in the UN Charter, particularly the principle of non-use or threat of use of force, and peaceful settlement of disputes, in order to ensure peace and security in cyberspace, and to prevent cyberspace from turning into a new battleground. China is ready to work together with all parties, on the basis of mutual respect, to promote peace through cooperation, and to jointly maintain the security and stability in cyberspace.

2, "Win-Win Cooperation". When various interests are inextricably interwoven in cyberspace,

dialogue and cooperation is the one and only option. The Strategy gives center stage to the concept of win-win cooperation, and proposes that all countries should seek development, security through cooperation, and achieve global governance of cyberspace through a cooperative process. China has taken an active part in the international process on cyberspace, and has worked continuously to strengthen its bilateral, regional and international dialogue and cooperation in this regard. We hope that all countries will join us in the belief of win-win cooperation, and strive for the lasting peace and common prosperity in cyberspace.

3, "Sovereign Equality". The principle of sovereign equality enshrined in the UN Charter is the basic principle governing the contemporary international relations. It ought to be applied to cyberspace. China stands for the right of all countries to independently choose their own path of cyberspace development, their cyberspace management model, , their public policy on cyberspace, and their participation on an equal footing in the international cyberspace governance. All countries should carry out international cooperation on the basis of mutual respect of state sovereignty, and work together towards establishing a fair and reasonable international order on cyberspace.

4, "Benefit Sharing". The Strategy proposes that efforts should be made to facilitate an open cooperation in the Internet whereby complementary advantages can be fully utilized for the common development of all countries, so that every one in this world can benefit from the development opportunities offered by cyberspace. In particular, greater assistance is needed for the developing countries to bridge the "digital divide". China is ready to intensify its exchange and cooperation with other countries on cyber security and information technology. Together, we will promote the development and innovation of the global digital economy and achieve the sustainable development of cyberspace.

5, "Shared Governance". The Strategy proposes to establish a multilateral, democratic and transparent global governing system on Internet through a multilateral approach and with the participation of all interested parties, so that the Internet will be a place of open resources and shared responsibilities governed through cooperation. We are ready to work with all countries in order to achieve this goal at an early date.

China attaches great importance to the development of the Internet, and is energetically promoting and actively participating in the international cooperation on cyberspace. We hope that all parties will join us in the effort to deepen the dialogue and cooperation, and that through our common efforts, we will build a peaceful, secure, open, cooperative and orderly cyberspace, and establish a multilateral, democratic and transparent system of global Internet governance.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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