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Commentary: China, biggest victim of cybercrime, champions "community of common destiny" in cyberspace

(Xinhua)    10:38, December 17, 2015

BEIJING, Dec. 16 -- As a victim of cybercrime in recent years, China chooses not to suffer in silence, but actively fight cybercrime and help govern the cyber community together with the rest of the world.

As host of the Second World Internet Conference (WIC) that is underway in Wuzhen in east China's Zhejiang Province on Wednesday, China called for global Internet interconnectivity and shared governance by all, as well as building a community of common destiny in cyberspace and improving international protocols in the area.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the opening ceremony of the conference that "cyberspace should not become a battlefield for countries to wrestle with one another, still less should it become a hotbed for crimes."

According to the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Global State of Information Security Survey, the average number of detected security incidents in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong surged 517 percent to hit 1,245 over the last 12 months, compared with the average of 241 recorded the previous year.

In the first half of 2014 alone, almost 6.2 million computers in China were hijacked and controlled from foreign IP addresses, with more than 2.6 million of those being controlled from IP addresses in the United States, and 2.4 million controlled from IP addresses in Portugal, according to CNERT, China's top Internet coordination center.

Moreover, about 200,000 computers were infected with the Trojan virus, and hackers could hide or even change their IPs due to computer technology development, which makes it more difficult to trace them.

Faced with these sneak attacks, China, as the biggest victim of cybercrime, is dedicated to a community of common destiny in the virtual network, ideologically and technically.

During the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the website of the games was maliciously attacked. Together with Russia and some other countries, China discovered that the hacker, who was located in France, had downloaded cyber attack tools in Lithuania and used an IP address in China to commit the crimes. With mutual trust and collaboration, the problem was solved in three days.

So far, China has maintained good relationships with 59 countries and 127 organizations to fight against cyber attacks. The international cyber space governing pattern proposed by China is also widely accepted and praised across the globe.

According to this pattern, countries around the world will reach consensus on the joint fight against cybercrime, and step up investigation assistance and information sharing on cybercrime cases.

In the area of e-business, China has made tremendous progress in the past decade. Alibaba Group, the country's e-commerce giant and the world's second-largest Internet company in market value, on its Tmall online marketplace has reported dazzling daily sales of 91.2 billion yuan (14.3 bln U.S. dollars) on this year's Singles' Day shopping spree, a 60-percent rise from last year's 51.7 billion yuan.

This success is built on strong technical support, which proves that China has become an inevitable power in this area.

Those accusations saying that China's Internet policies are not transparent or that the country advocates Internet censorship are entirely groundless, as the Chinese government has been working on an improved network environment.

Xi said that international cyberspace governance should feature a multilateral approach with multi-party participation, adding that "all countries should step up communication and exchange, improve dialogue and the consultation mechanism on cyberspace."

With all these efforts, China aims to build a platform for a global Internet shared and governed by all. The river town Wuzhen is a starting point.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Liang Jun,Bianji)

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