5th China-UK Internet Roundtable held in London

Updated: 2013-09-10 04:00


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LONDON - The Fifth China-UK Internet Roundtable, cosponsored by China's State Council Information Office and the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport, was held in London on Monday.

More than 100 representatives, most of whom are high-ranking figures of news portals, officials and e-commerce leaders, attended the roundtable. Key topics of this year's meeting included the following ones: digital technology promotes development; social responsibilities of internet; internet of things; barrier-free technology.

China's Minister of the State Internet Information Office Lu Wei delivered a keynote speech, emphasizing that all nations should work together to build a multilateral, democratic and transparent international order for Internet governance within the United Nations framework.

"Where there is no order, there is no liberty," said Lu in his speech, adding "We should respect cybersovereignty, discard hegemony and avoid putting our own country's interests above those of others. We should join hands to build order for the development of the Internet on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment."

"No country is immune to such global challenges as cybercrime, hacking and invasion of privacy," Lu said during the meeting, noting that China is also "a victim of hacking".

Lu added that, China firmly opposes all forms of Internet attacks, and "We hope to deepen exchanges and cooperation with other countries in online cybersecurity, anti-terrorism, law enforcement and privacy protection."

He said that Britain has advanced experience in Internet content management, technological support, industry self-regulation, laws and regulations. Both China and Britain play significant roles in establishing an international order on Internet regulations while shouldering important responsibilities.

Lu also suggested that the two countries should strengthen cooperation by establishing a regular exchange and communication mechanism, and collaborate on Internet innovation, research and consultation, cybersecurity and information sharing.

Ed Vaizey, UK minister of culture, media and sport, said that the two countries should further deepen communication and cooperation through the Internet and deepen common understanding of the Internet.

Vaizey encouraged Internet companies from the two countries to increase investment and promote social progress.

The UK-China Internet Roundtable has become a major mechanism for the exchanges between the Internet communities in the two countries. Both sides have taken advantages of this mechanism to exchange opinions, share experiences and reap benefits.