Chinese Premier in Town as China Pushes for UN-type Governance of Internet

Chinese Premier in Town as China Pushes for UN-type Governance of Internet

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Chinese president Xi Jinping is visiting the U.S. with a heavy itinerary. One of his stops included a speech Tuesday given to business leaders in Seattle addressing a number of concerns about Chinese government practices regarding the economy.

According to The New York Times, Xi also promised “to work with the United States on fighting cybercrime, saying that the Chinese government was a staunch defender of cybersecurity.”

“The Chinese government will not in whatever form engage in commercial theft, and hacking against government networks are crimes that must be punished in accordance with the law and relevant international treaties,” Mr. Xi said in an address to American business executives.

President Obama shouldn’t take Xi’s words at face value. On top of the credible threat of cyberattacks out of China, the Chinese government has, like all authoritarian regimes sought to control the lives of their citizens through control of the internet. Now they are seeking to solidify control through a new proposal for governance of the internet.

What does that look like? Protect Internet Freedom explains it like this:

[The Chinese] envisioned a UN style structure that required each country respect the Internet sovereignty of others, where they had the power to demand that free nations respect the authoritarian denial of Internet access and accept restrictions on freedom-enhancing activities that they did not like. They see an opportunity to bring this vision to life through ICANN, an organization that typically handles website naming and coding languages.

Until recently, the United States government opposed this idea, but, as PIF notes, the Obama administration has signaled its interest in relinquishing control of ICANN.

For this reason, the Chinese government has begun to push for their goals, including submitting plans to the United Nations Public Administration Network, which included the following:

We should establish a multilateral, democratic, and transparent international Internet governance system that ensures equal participation of all, reasonable allocation of Internet resources, and joint management of key Internet infrastructure. A multi-stakeholder governance model that brings together governments, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations would be respected, all of which contribute in their own distinct way to the joint governance of the Internet. This model should not be lopsided, and any tendency to place sole emphasis on the role of businesses and non-governmental organizations while marginalizing governments should be avoided. The roles and responsibilities of national governments in regard to regulation and security of the network should be upheld. It is necessary to ensure that United Nations plays a facilitating role in setting up international public policies pertaining to the Internet. We should work on the internationalization of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

The Justice Department is not helping either. According to PIF, they recently “set a new, outstanding legal precedent by announcing that foreign governments can obtain customer data held in the U.S.”

They explain:

By that logic, China can demand that they review the information of a U.S. citizen’s email records, kept by a company located in the United States, and the law supports their authority to review it. It’s a global free-for-all, and it’s not looking for freedom of speech.

It should go without saying that governments and their values are not equal. It is dangerous to internet freedom and freedom in general to act as though expanding power to authoritarian regimes won’t have harmful effects.

Obama should take a stand for internet freedom while Xi is visiting. Will he? We’ll see.

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124 COMMENTS

  1. Gee, he sounds just like Borat Ostalin and his ‘Rat party, no? Does this mean that Jinping is an Obamaist?

  2. Don’t worry, Obama and Kerry will negotiate a treaty with China.
    1. We will give China $100 Billion the first year.
    2. We will give them complete access to Silicon Valley after 10 years.
    3. China will inspect there own Tech Sites to ensure they are not hacking us.

    • You’re right – and its so F**ked up…

      But its exactly what happens when you elect a POTUS who HATES America.

      • This is the true measure of how successfully the anti-America Progressives have been over the decades with their ‘fundamental transformation’ of America.

      • I just wonder if it was China that was hacking us. It was probably a hoax or false flag event to justify the need to control the Internet. It’s terrible to distrust our govt. but totally necessary-we should be fighting for Internet freedom as strongly as we are fighting to keep our guns!

    • And of course, international code review inspectors will be prohibited from inspecting the offices and code made by Chinese hackers as they perfect intergovernmental spy hacks.

      Good analogy. Substance over form.

  3. Control the internet? Those three words are disturbing just by themselves. The internet is the last bastion of freedom of speech and expression. Leave it alone. Unfortunately lib nuts cannot allow freedom anywhere.

    • Isn’t it amazing how the people who call others fascist are the biggest fascist on the planet. And isn’t it amazing that their supporters never waver even in the face of that glaring hypocrisy. They just march lock step over the side of the bridge as their piped piper continues to play the sound.

  4. Obama would have given the Germans the secrets of the Manhattan Project and would have apologized to the Japanese for US Imperialism even after Pearl Harbor.

  5. Don’t fret, mr ching chong chi-comm, the antichrist’s government will control most everything soon enough.

  6. That we should be concerned that “marginalizing governments should be avoided” is pretty rich coming from China.
    I suppose they think the government is marginalized unless it is as integrated as it is in China.

  7. The UN should be forcibly relocated to a Carnival Cruise ship ordered to remain at sea, and only being allowed to make a port o’call once every six months but not the US for the next 100 years.

    • ever hear of “Net Neutrality” – sounds like it on steroids. – The United States should 1- kick all United Nations Representatives out of the United States – 2- Remove itself from membership in the United Nations – 3-stop funding the Third World Despots who run the United Nations with our Tax Dollars -4 turn the United Nations complex into a park and low income housing – just ask Bernie Sanders, Moonbeam Jerry Brown, and Bill de Blasio, all proper thinking people guardians.

  8. In Star Wars the “dark side” was a fictional evil…..but it appears to becoming a reality right before our eyes.

  9. In seventy years the only success of the UN has
    been the eradication of Smallpox. Which is laudable. But based on
    this track record we can look forward to the death of the Internet.

  10. Did you see it? Did you catch that KEY WORD? Look again, it’s there, big and ugly as a rattlesnake coiled up on the outhouse seat next to you. See it now, C-O-N-T-R-O-L ? Every leftist’s wet dream. CONTROL.

      • wrong. Conservatives are live and let live. We want government as small as possible to do the limited job of protection. We want a very small safety net and get all people to work. People are free to make their own life choices, and live out their dreams.

        Leftists want to control every damn aspect of everyone’s lives. They want everybody the same. They are horrible busy-bodies.

      • The nature of power is always the same no matter who is given the reign power builds more power. Power corrupts and absolute power absolutely corrupts.
        We are reaching the point where D.C has absolute power and if something is not done that power will destroy the Republic.

  11. Let’s see. Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea….quite a coalition there, China should reevaluate their expansionist BS into the South China Sea.

  12. Let China, Cuba, Iran and Russia control it. What is the big deal? Americans voted twice for the FIRST COMMUNIST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

  13. Chinaman not happy people tell truth about his country on internet.
    Tough chitte Chinaman because it’s about to hit the fan.

  14. Saudi Arabia is getting ready to execute a man by “crucifying him” for doing exactly what every single one of you are doing now. Speaking out about an unlawful government.
    The U.N. has now appointed the King of Saudi Arabia as the “head of the human rights council”.

    The U.N. is N.W.O. and public enemy number one. Any candidate that supports this tyrannical global regime is a traitor to the United States of America.

  15. When tyrants and dictators (aka the Chinese, the Russians, the and the U.N.) control the Internet, you can kiss world freedom goodbye. What better way to enforce global tyranny than to give away the free internet to totalitarians.

  16. “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when
    non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to
    get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

    • What the heck — another DemonRat, Jimma’ Carter, relinquished the Panama Canal and look who’s running the canal now.

  17. Have the Obama bots awakened yet. He is circling the globe and uniting with all totalitarians (including this pope) and extinguishing any flickers of freedom

  18. A dictator and a dictator wannabe walked into a bar to discuss how they could restrict free speech on the internet.

    The dictator said, “it’s no problem really, just let me take the heat and I’ll get the job done for both of us and of course, you know you will owe me big favors! for this, right?”

    The wannabe replied, “I’ll drink to that and I’m buying, what are you having?”

  19. The UN? Why not, they are a paragon of freedom and liberty lovers. But then we have Barry in the WH and God knows what leftist ideas he’ll come up with.

  20. Don’t forget that China will enforce its own copyright and patent violations stealing from US companies.

  21. Xi and china in general have no claim to the internet. They could never have invented it themselves but seek to bluster their way into controlling it. Obama is stupid and naive enough to let them.

  22. Haha. The worlds leading cyber criminal govt vows to work with us to fight cyber crime. You truly can’t make this stuff up.

  23. There is no way that any agency similar to the UN should ever be in charge of running the Internet! The UN has been so good at Human Rights and having countries on the Human Rights panel, lets see they have countries run by Dictators, Communists, Islamists and strict rulers. So tell me how great the UN is? I think the UN should be kicked out of this country. We pay the lions share of dues then we are urinated on by the ingrates. The UN is as useful as teats on a bull!

    • 100^ The UN has always been an anti-America, Progressive institution. This is evidence, one of many, of how sick America has become over many decades of the spreading of the Progressive disease, that we allow our enemies to take root and strangle us from within. We were warned of it by our Founders and Forefathers.

      • I don’t recall the Constitutional amendment that gave the federal Government power to bring in a body of Foreign elitist and create legislation through that body and force onto U.S. Citizen. In fact the whole idea sounds like treason from the get go.

        • Well, our own ‘elitists’ are responsible for this destructive, anti-America entity! Their colossal egos had them believing this would secure prestige, influence, and general power over the rest of the world and their business. That certainly backfired on the imbeciles. They didn’t understand the danger of the disease called ‘Progressivism.’

  24. Translation: Xi want the internet to be controlled by dictators and tyrants who will decide what can and cannot be allowed. In simple English, no internet freedom except what the government tells you you can have.

  25. Barack will be happy to turn over all they demand. He loves selling out American citizens and playing dangerous games with our freedoms and futures. Catering to our enemies is his specialty!

  26. Another idiotic idea… to share in all the “benefits” the UN has to offer. Say goodbye to any freedom of expression that criticizes government of anyone in power.

  27. A U.N. style control would transfer control to the fascist and dictator regimes which are the majority of the countries in the U.N. now. This would severely restrict everyone’s freedom and gives control to these self aggrandizing dictators and strongmen.

    Look for the organizer in chief to go for it!!!

  28. What could possibly go wrong?
    The UN is great at trading sex for food aid, but how are they well-qualified for anything else?

  29. Some of these “capitalists” who got filthy rich on American entrepreneurism really perplex me. I can understand OBlowme wanting to bow to the Communists and hand over the keys to the palace but I can’t understand the likes of Bezos, Zuckerberg, Buffet, et.al, who made their billions from free market capitalism. Are they now trying to protect themselves by eliminating capitalism?

  30. the Chinese economy depends on the US 10x more than vice versa. Someone like Trump might just tell them to shut-the-f&ck up and take what we give them. They will.

  31. A UN style group to run the internet sounds so good.
    As we all know the UN runs so great.
    There’s no bias in the UN.
    There’s no corruption.
    Things run good now.
    Why destroy it?

  32. My friends I hope you understand that the satanic global elite’s governance is coming into view. What we see in Obama and the pope is the black and white face of communism. It is islam and Catholicism married. The antichrist will soon come forward with the answers for the ills of islam, while the pope will praise him as God and command the whole world to worship him as God.

    Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

    Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

    Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

    Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

    Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

    Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

    Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

    2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

    2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

    2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

    2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

    2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

    2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

    2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

    2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

    2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

    Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

    Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  33. Yeah right – the UN – you know the ones that put their best people on the Human Rights commission and assigns the child rapist soldiers to areas of conflict.

  34. A couple crackers and 8 billion yellow toothless rice farmer…

    do not an internet make ..

    Cant wait for the UN sand n i g g er patrol to arrive and sniff my cookies…

    ” Subversive posts ” said the the little yellow fellow.

  35. Get bent China. The internet does not need to be “Governed”, their idea of governance leads to censorship and zero privacy. The U.N. can get bent too.

  36. Would that be the same UN that made Saudi Arabia the head of the Human Rights Council? Yeah thats working out really well. And what is it with Bezos and Zuckerberg being all nice nice with the head of the Communist Party? Right… Now I remember why I closed my faceboog account. Not sure I could stop doing business through Amazon though.

  37. In other words, China does not want other countries/hackers to have the ability to open the Chinese internet to the free flow of ideas and cultures of other countries. its a cynical move to protect their own. And this administration will be dumb enough to fall for it.

  38. Of course communists like Zuckerburg and those at Apple will continue to suck up to the Cummunist leader, as they ship jobs from America to China! Apple is the biggest offender of all! They employ 10% of American workers (mostly executives) and 90% Chinese workers and build their gadgets in China! Their profit for each gadget is over 500%! And, Americans are dumb enough to cry about not having jobs! Look no further than these Commie-Loving clowns like Zuckerburg, George Soros and Warren Buffet!

  39. UN? Ah yes, lets do that because UN is doing such a wonderful job everywhere else. Lets get more hacks from africa to control internet. Sound like a winner to me…

  40. “[The Chinese] envisioned a UN style structure that required each country respect the Internet sovereignty of others, …”
    danger! this is part of the new world order clique to suppress speech and liberty; all the power structure agrees.

  41. The UN, cannot be trusted to do the job as it is, never mind giving them the power of controlling the internet. It’d be like giving a four year old a car.

  42. “The Chinese government will not in whatever form engage in commercial theft, and hacking against government networks are crimes that must be punished in accordance with the law and relevant international treaties,” Mr. Xi said in an address to American business executives.”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    So why are all the sites where kids download free (i.e. stolen) movies in either China or Russia?

  43. How can a retard become so successful? A UN type body to control the Internet? We all know how well that has worked out. The UN is useless.

  44. NO!!! Precisely why we should have never under any circumstances relinquished our possession of ICANN…the list of bad decisions foisted upon us by this naive president is never ending…

  45. china is the one world government model !!! i’d say it’s too late for our kids and their kids and their grandkids—–their freedom has been stolen !!!!

  46. Perhaps they would like to govern our military as well? We should just ask if there’s anything they want, anything at all and if there is we should give it to them immediately no questions asked. (/sarc)

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