China says impose ‘code of conduct’ on Internet to the world

The United Nations on Friday was called upon by a Chinese official who asked them to force upon an international code of conduct on the Internet.

Wang Qun, director-general of the Arms Control Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, in comments to the U.N. General Assembly, said “It is highly necessary and pressing for the international community to jointly bring about an international code of conduct on cyberspace at an early date.”

The Xinhua News Agency, China’s main state-owned press outlet reported comments by Wang.

“China, for its part, will continue to commit itself to establishing a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyberspace and pushing for an early international code of conduct acceptable to all,” Wang added.

This month the norms related to cybersecurity will be considered by the U.N. A proposal that was published by the committee comprised of 20 nations for the General Assembly to consider over the summer.

The U.N. advisory board has called for “effective cooperation among States to reduce risks to international peace and security” and says that state actors “should not conduct or knowingly support” cyber crime.

The officials have voiced the need to set up norms on the matter in the wake of high profile hacks into the Department of Defense, U.S. State Department, and the Office of Personnel Management by Russia and China over the last year.

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