China media: Internet rules

Premier Li Keqiang says he wants competition to be fair in global cyberspace development Image copyright AFP
Image caption Premier Li Keqiang says he wants competition to be "fair" in global cyberspace development

Papers support China's call for "mutual respect" on internet sovereignty and governance.

China is "considering setting up its own rules in cyberspace in order to have its voice better heard in the fast-growing internet sphere", the China Daily reports.

The paper quotes Premier Li Keqiang as saying that China "wants to promote an interconnected world that is shared and governed by all and to construct a common code of rules to make competition more fair".

Mr Li made the remarks at the World Internet Conference - set up by China - in Zhejiang province on Thursday.

Experts interviewed by the paper say that China is using the platform to "sell its own strategy and rules to the world".

Shen Yi, a cyber-security specialist at Fudan University, points out that China does not have its "own strategy on cyber development and cyber-security".

The expert adds that China "realised the importance of such a strategy" after Edward Snowden, a former US intelligence agency worker, leaked information about US surveillance programmes.

"China has the capability now to set up international rules for cyberspace and use our strategy and our rules to influence the world," he tells the daily.

Beijing and Washington have traded accusations over cyber-spying activities. The US has suspected China of a role in cyber attacks, while Beijing accuses Washington of having "double standards" as it carries out such surveillance on others.

Without referring to any country or specific incidents, the Xinhua News Agency highlights that "every country has the sovereignty over the area of information which should not be violated".

"No matter how the internet technology develops, it should not violate the information sovereignty of another country," says the news agency, adding that there should not be "double standards" because "every country has the right to protect its information security".

'Pyongyang's hostility'

Turning to international news, state media condemn a UN committee for referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.

The human rights committee passed a motion seeking a probe into alleged crimes against humanity committed by the Pyongyang government.

The motion still needs to be voted on by the General Assembly itself.

The Global Times' Chinese edition describes the motion as an "extreme action".

"It is not even three years since Kim Jong-un took over the leadership. Requesting him to face the 'offences' caused by the sophisticated historical and reality factors may seem morally right, but it is unfair," it says.

It warns that exerting such pressure is counterproductive because it will "strengthen Pyongyang's hostility" towards the international community.

The paper also urges the US, Japan and South Korea to "change its threatening gesture towards Pyongyang".

Case reopens after two decades

And finally, papers hail a court's rare decision to reopen a murder and rape case after two decades.

According to the China Radio International, the high court in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region started the posthumous retrial of a rape and murder case on Thursday.

Hugjiltu, who was 18 at the time, was found guilty of raping and murdering a woman in a public toilet in April 1996. He was sentenced and executed two months later.

However, another alleged serial rapist and killer confessed to the murder after his arrest in 2005, reports say.

Hugjiltu's family had been demanding a retrial of the case.

Welcoming the decision for retrial, the People's Daily says the process will be a "litmus test" for the "rule of law".

"Many have been hoping for this day to comeā€¦ Ever since the party renewed its leadership, a series of actions have been taken to prevent and correct unjust and wrongly accused cases. This is one of the results from the efforts," says the paper.

The daily adds that the retrial will not only be a test for judicial authorities but also for the society's "awareness of the rule of law".

However, Miao Li, the lawyer representing Hugjiltu's family, worries that the judgement may not be fair because the hearing will not be conducted publicly.

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