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Thursday, September 24, 2015, 11:53

Xi calls for secure, open cyber space

By Xinhua

Xi calls for secure, open cyber space
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a US-China business roundtable, comprised of US and Chinese CEOs, Sept 23, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Pho to / Elaine Thompson, Pool)

SEATTLE - Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Wednesday that Beijing advocates the building of a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyber space.

Speaking at a China-US Internet forum held at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington state, Xi noted that with the rapid development of information technology, the Internet plays an increasingly important role in the peace and development of individual countries and the world.

Therefore, he pointed out, how to govern and make better use of the cyber space has become a big question all countries care about and are studying.

Noting that both China and the United States are major countries in the Internet sphere, where they have important common interests and room for cooperation, he suggested that the two countries carry out constructive talks on cyber issues on the basis of mutual respect and trust.

China's top Internet regulator told US tech executives that both countries must work together on cyber security issues, including crime and espionage, addressing one of their most pressing concerns.

"We are on the same boat," said Lu Wei, the head of the General Office of the Central Leading Group for Internet Security and Informatization, at the eighth annual meeting of the US-China Internet Industry Forum. "The only choice we have is to cooperate."

Earlier in the day, Xi reassured US business leaders on the positive prospects of the Chinese economy and called for boosting Sino-American win-win cooperation in trade.

"The trend of China's economy toward growth and expansion has not changed," Xi said at a China-US CEO roundtable in Seattle on the second day of his weeklong visit to the United States.

"China's economic fundamentals remain solid and will continue to maintain a long-term steady growth at a medium-to-high speed," he told more than 30 business leaders from the two countries' top-notch enterprises, including Alibaba, Lenovo, IBM and Microsoft.

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