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UPDATED: 09:03, February 25, 2005
China restates view on international management of Internet
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The international management of Internet should be multilateral, transparent and democratic, with the full involvement of governments, the private sector, civil society and international organizations, Chinese Ambassador Sha Zukang told a United Nations conference in Geneva.

"It should ensure an equitable distribution of resources, facilitate access for all and ensure a stable and secure functioning," he said at the conference on Internet governance.

He also stressed that governments should play a leading role in the decision-making process, since the responsibility for Internet-related public policy issues lies with the sovereign states.

The situation in which Internet governance is monopolized by one state, one cooperation or a handful of private organizations neither facilitates further growth of the Internet, nor fully embodies the principle of equity and full representation, said the Chinese ambassador.

"It is of crucial importance to conduct research on establishing a multilateral governance mechanism that is more rational and just and more conducive to the Internet development in a direction of stable, secure and responsible functioning and more conducive to the continuous technological innovation," he said.

He also told the conference that China has become one of the countries with the largest number of Internet users. By last December, the number of Internet users worldwide had reached 810 million while that of China was around 94 million, 11.6 percent of the global total.

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