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  • Visitors at the opening ceremony of the Fifth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen.

    Visitors at the opening ceremony of the Fifth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen. | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 November 2018

The 'Wuzhen Summit' is an annual event organized by Chinese government agencies to discuss Internet-related policies.

Wuzhen, a town in the Zhejiang Province, has been opening its doors to about 1,500 guests from more than 70 countries every year since 2014, as China hosts the World Internet Conference, a high-tech event which aims at debating how Internet influences human development, fosters economic growth and changes lifestyles.

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"From the first to the fourth conference, China's proposition has won widespread praise, showing that the nation has grown from one of the beneficiaries of global Internet development, to become a contributor and leader, as well as highlighting China's willingness to face up to the responsibility that comes with that role," reports the China Daily.

This years' Conference theme is "creating a digital world for mutual trust and collective governance -- towards a community with a shared future in cyberspace."

China President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the Conference's participants, highlighting that the world is going through a broader and deeper science and technology revolution and industrial transformation.

"We should speed up the development of the digital economy and promote the global Internet governance system to advance in a just and more reasonable way, to inject new impetus to the world economy," Xi said, and added that "despite having different conditions and facing various challenges, countries across the world share the need to promote the digital economy, the interests in handling challenges to cybersecurity, and the demands for better governance in cyberspace".

The President also called for "concrete cooperation among different countries to advance mutual trust and collective governance in cyberspace."

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