China asks world to impose ‘code of conduct’ on Internet

The Washington Examiner

A Chinese official on Friday called on the United Nations to impose an international code of conduct on the Internet.

“It is highly necessary and pressing for the international community to jointly bring about an international code of conduct on cyberspace at an early date,” said Wang Qun, director-general of the Arms Control Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, in comments to the U.N. General Assembly.

Wang’s comments were reported by China’s main state-owned press outlet, the Xinhua News Agency.

“China, for its part, will continue to commit itself to establishing a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyberspace and pushing for an early international code of conduct acceptable to all,” Wang added.

The U.N. will be considering norms related to cyberspace security this month. A committee comprised of 20 nations published a proposal over the summer for the General Assembly to consider.

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