World Internet Conference to be a launchpad for online shared future
As the Fifth World Internet Conference kicks off, the internet industry enters "Wuzhen time" again.
An ancient town in Zhejiang province, Wuzhen has witnessed tremendous changes and become the epicenter of China's internet-driven industries and online innovation, since it was made the permanent home of the World Internet Conference in 2014.
Its rapid growth in recent years also demonstrates how the benefits of development can be shared, a concept embodied by the global internet industry.
Over the past five years, the Wuzhen summit has been an international beacon of connectivity and communication for the world, and a platform for sharing and joint governance in China.
The influence of the summit has continued to expand, enabling more countries and people to ride the express train of the "information age" and share the fruits of an even-better internet.
From connectivity, sharing and joint governance, to developing a digital economy for greater openness, the focus of the conference may advance and change with the hot topics of the day, but China's determination and sincerity in the building of a community with a shared future in cyberspace has remained consistent.
The "Four Principles" and "Five points" proposed by President Xi Jinping, especially his concepts for internet governance, such as cyber sovereignty, has resonated throughout the industry.
From the first to the fourth conference, China's proposition has won widespread praise, showing that the nation has grown from one of the beneficiaries of global internet development, to become a contributor and leader, as well as highlighting China's willingness to face up to the responsibility that comes with that role.
The previous conferences have also demonstrated deep insights into global internet trends and their positive outcomes, such as the Wuzhen Initiative proposed by 2015's conference, the 2016 Wuzhen Report on World Internet Development, and the Wuzhen Outlook released during last year's conference.
President Xi has said it is a goal for all Chinese people to enjoy the fruits of internet development, and for it to better benefit people of all countries.
How do we realize these shared benefits? China's solutions serve as the answer, and its ideas and practices on internet development and governance are spreading to the whole world from Wuzhen.
As an increasingly important driving force of the global economy, the digital sector is playing a crucial role in accelerating growth.
The World Internet Conference will not only provide an exchange platform for the development of global digital economy, but also push its development into a new era.
In December 2017, the relevant departments from China, Laos, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, among others, jointly launched the Initiative for International Cooperation of the "Belt and Road" Digital Economy.
The initiative welcomes countries around the world to benefit from the wisdom, experience and solutions garnered through China's own digital economic development.
In recent years, the development of China's internet industry has been remarkable, and has constantly found success in foreign markets, benefiting the world at large.
China's propositions and solutions are also contributing unique values to the development of world internet governance.
The innovative development of China's internet economy also provides a broad market space for enterprises and entrepreneurs in various countries.
By May 2017, Chinese internet enterprises had participated in the construction of information infrastructure in more than 170 countries, completed 34 cross-border land cables, and several international sea cables in cooperation with 12 countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Meanwhile, with their advanced digital technology and innovative business models, Chinese enterprises have cooperated with many countries in various fields, such as mobile payment, smart city initiatives and e-commerce, to share achievements in digital technology with the world. For instance, today, Chinese bike-sharing services are promoted and available in 21 countries and regions around the world.
In recent years, China has actively carried out bilateral and multilateral international exchanges and cooperation, contributing its own strength to the governance of cyberspace, participating in bilateral and multilateral dialogues led by international organizations such as the United Nations.
China has emphasized informatization in the construction of its Belt and Road Initiative, in hope of improving international connectivity through an online Silk Road.
Starting from Wuzhen, the country is already on the way to build a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyberspace, as well as establish a multilateral, democratic and transparent global system.
Source: www.cac.gov.cn, the official website of the Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission.