China's president calls for global co-operation to create 'fairer' Internet

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony for the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony for the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai

China's stranglehold on its citizens' internet usage is notorious, and now the officials in charge of it are gathered at China's main internet conference in Wuzhen.

Organised by the Cyberspace Administration of China and the People's Government of Zhejiang Province, the conference will advocate exchanges, mutual learning, cooperation and sharing in the digital fields, as well as push for peace and development of global cyberspace. Besides driving convenience and benefits such as economic growth, technology advancement has also created negative impacts such as unequal development and threats to security.

Despite not being able to attend the event, due to other engagements; President Xi Jinping sent his congratulatory letter to the organizers of the event, which were broadcasted during the opening yesterday.

Huang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, said President Xi's letter expressed China's honest hope to build a digital world with other countries and showed China's wisdom in global Internet development and governance.

The WIC was first held in November 2014 and has since attracted a number of notable industry figures, such as Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook, who gave a keynote speech past year calling for more humanity in the field of technology.

Keynotes with regards to the fintech scene, alongside with artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) products development and connectivity will be discuss and held.

Over 1,500 guests from 100 countries, including government delegates, worldwide organisation representatives, leading internet figures and renowned experts and scholars, have been invited to attend the annual three-day event, states the WIC press release.

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