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China stresses 'legal basis' for Net regulation

CHINA bans using the Internet to subvert state power and wreck national unity, to incite ethnic hatred and division, to promote cults and to distribute content that is pornographic, salacious, violent or terrorist, according to a government official.

"China has an ample legal basis for punishing such harmful content, and there is no room for doubting this. This is completely different from so-called restriction of Internet freedom," said a spokesperson with the Information Office of the State Council, or the Cabinet.

China's regulation on the Internet industry is in line with the laws and should be free from unjustifiable interferences, the spokesperson said on Sunday in an interview with Xinhua news agency.

China is regulating the Internet legally to build a more reliable, helpful information network that is beneficial to economic and social development, the spokesperson said.

Such regulation, the spokesperson said, are based on laws such as the Constitution, the Law on the Protection of Minors, and the Decision on Internet Safety.

Online information which incites subversion of state power, violence and terrorism or includes pornographic contents are explicitly prohibited in the laws and regulations, the spokesperson said.

China has full justification to deal with these illegal and harmful online contents, the spokesperson stressed.

Different countries have different conditions and realities, thus they are regulating the Internet in different ways, the spokesperson said.

China's regulation on the Internet industry is proved to be suitable for China's national conditions and in line with common practices in most countries as well, the spokesperson said.

China is willing to cooperate and exchange opinions on issues about Internet development and management with other countries, but opposes firmly any defiance of Chinese laws, or intervening in Chinese domestic affairs under the pretense of "Internet management," the spokesperson emphasized.

By the end of 2009, the number of Netizens on the Chinese mainland reached 384 million, and Websites topped 3.68 million.

China has millions of online forums and more than 200 million blogs, and every day more than 4 million new blog entries are posted online, according to the spokesperson.

Chinese Netizens' right to express opinions within the law is well protected, and their opinions are given full consideration by the government in policy making, the spokesperson said.

China restated its resolute opposition to claims that the government was involved in cyber attacks and vowed to enhance cooperation with the international community to fight against Internet crimes.

"Accusation that the Chinese government participated in cyber attack, either in an explicit or inexplicit way, is groundless and aims to denigrate China," said a spokesman of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.


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