China Commits to Firm Control Over the Internet
"Effectively protecting Internet security is an important part of China's Internet administration, and an indispensable requirement for protecting state security and the public interest," the paper argues. Citing the risk that Chinese Web surfers could be exposed to material that incites violence, spreads hatred, or advocates "heresy," the government asserted its sovereign right to filter any media that may threaten security. The only way to do that, authorities claim, is with non-stop practice.
As Reuters points out, China currently boasts the world's largest online population, and the government is intent on providing Internet access to even more citizens over the next few years. If China were a smaller, less internationally prominent country, other world leaders wouldn't likely devote as much attention and concern to its policies. But the reality is, the world's economic future hinges on China's economic future. And, as the fast-rising country begins to emerge from its industrial cocoon and starts spreading its entrepreneurial wings, it becomes even more critically important that future Chinese leaders know the world around them. [From: Reuters]