NEWSLETTER Issue Ⅳ of 2017


China Releases First Strategy

On Cyberspace Cooperation

On March 1, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MFA) and the State Internet Information Office of China jointly released the International Strategy of Cooperation on Cyberspace, the first international strategy China has released regarding the virtual domain.

The Strategy aims to jointly build a community of shared future in cyberspace and illustrates China's approach to international cyberspace cooperation. The basic principles and approaches of the Strategy are:

I. Peace. The international community should observe the principles of the UN Charter, particularly the principles of non-use of force and peaceful settlement of disputes, in order to ensure peace and security in cyberspace.

II. Cooperation. China advocates enhancing the governance of the Internet through international cooperation and is willing to actively engage in this process.

III. Sovereignty. Countries should respect each other's right to choose their own path of cyber development, model of cyber regulation and Internet public policie, and participate in international cyberspace governance on equal footing.

IV. Shared Benefits. The international community should promote greater openness and cooperation in cyberspace, in order to ensure that people across the world can share the benefits of Internet development.

V. Shared Governance. International cyberspace governance should follow a multilateral approach and feature multi-party participation. The international community needs to work together and put in place a multilateral, democratic and transparent global governance system.

Based on these principles and approaches, the Strategy put forward China's plan of action, including:

Promoting the building of rule-based order in cyberspace, expanding partnership with other countries, boosting institutional reform in Internet governance, jointly combating cyber terrorism and crimes, and protecting individual privacy in cyberspace.

Supporting Internet-based innovation and entrepreneurship, and is committed to assisting developing countries with cyber security capacity building, it said.

Supporting the formulation of cyberspace trade rules and effective policy coordination among countries.

Working with other countries to strengthen global information infrastructure to facilitate the smooth flow of information, and facilitate cyber culture cooperation among countries.

Carrying out practical cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road, with the animation, comic and games industry as a priority area.

You can read the full text of the Strategy here:


You can view the report to the joint conference of the MFA and SIIO here:




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