March 21, 2023

China wants other countries around the world to govern the internet in the same way it does, It describes about Cyberspace Administration of China is building a new consensus on global internet governance” detailing China internet sovereignty in much the same way to how it perceives territorial sovereignty.

It includes strict data policies and rules, banning of western platforms (Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and others), as well as overarching censorship, is something the country is actively trying to export, with keeping a  goal in mind to “enact policies jointly with international governments and companies on mechanisms to co-govern the global internet, or at least growing national segments of IT, while reshaping global norms and standards To promote the idea, it plans to use the World Internet Conference, a global annual event taking place since 2014 – in China.


The World Internet Conference serves as an opportunity for China to collaborate with the international community on internet development innovation in addition to cooperating on internet co-governance mechanisms, the event is described as “international”, when it’s, in fact, under the direct management and supervision of officials under China’s cyber policy system.

The International Cyber Policy Centre concludes that this idea should be approached with a healthy dose of caution: Due to the lack of transparency within China’s cyber policy system, countries that cooperate with China on internet development and participate in the World Internet Conference should be vigilant.”

When approaching the topic of internet co-governance and development strategies with China, countries should consider the future of cyberspace and what information should be shared, and even controlled, by countries such as China.


The International Cyber Policy Centre is part of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), a defense and strategic policy think tank based in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

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