Video Message to the Third World Internet Conference
Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China
November 16, 2016
Dear Participants and Friends,
Good morning. On the occasion of the opening of the Third World Internet Conference (WIC), I wish to extend, on behalf of the government and people of China and in my own name, warm congratulations to the conference and cordial greetings to all the participants.
The Internet is the most vibrant sector in our times. Its rapid development has brought profound changes to our life and work as well as new opportunities and challenges to human society. The development of the Internet knows no national or sectoral boundaries. The sound use, development and governance of the Internet thus calls for closer international cooperation and joint efforts to build a community of common future in cyberspace.
As a Chinese saying goes, “A gentleman puts basic principles first, which will illuminate the way forward.” At last year’s WIC, I put forward four principles and five proposals on global development and governance of the Internet. They have been well received in the world. China will work together with the international community to ensure the common well-being of humanity, uphold cyber sovereignty, promote more fair and equitable global Internet governance and bring about an open, inclusive and secure cyberspace that features equality, mutual respect, innovation and orderly development.
This year’s theme is “Innovation-driven Internet Development for the Benefit of All – Building a Community of Common Future in Cyberspace”. I hope through the meeting of minds, we will achieve more consensus, enhance cooperation and enable the Internet to deliver greater benefits to mankind.
I wish the conference a full success.