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Qiushi: Internet Sovereignty Is Also National Sovereignty

Qiushi, a CCP periodical that explains the theoretical basis for the Party’s policies, published an article that discussed the significance of the Internet at the national strategic level. The article claimed, “Whoever controls the power of the Internet will control the dominant position in cyberspace; whoever loses power over the Internet will also lose the national sovereignty of cyberspace.” 

The article then turned its attention to the United States, “‘Whoever has mastered the information and has control over the Internet will own the entire world.’ After land, sea, and air, the United States has taken the Internet as a new strategic space. It has ‘a new arrow in its diplomatic quiver,’ firmly occupying absolute dominance over the power of the Internet.” “Compared to the traditional form of war, an Internet war is a special war. In victory, the balance is always tilted toward the countries that have advanced Internet technology. It is worrisome that developed countries manufacture 90 percent of the global core chips and that the vast majority of the world’s 13 Internet root servers are located in the United States.” 

The article bemoaned the fact that “Our [China’s] core technology in the Internet field has a high degree of dependence on the developed countries. There is a serious hidden security danger.” “Internet sovereignty is also national sovereignty; we should never and can never take it lightly.” 

Source: Qiushi, January 16, 2016