China to use internet as platform to promote socialist values

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China to use internet as platform to promote socialist values

SHANGHAI Reuters - China will strengthen its efforts to build a socialist internet with an eye on reshaping online behaviour and use it as a platform to disseminate new party theories and promote new values, the country's cyberspace regulator said.

The head of the China CAC Zhuang Rongwen said such efforts were crucial to build a modern socialist country given that China had over 1 billion netizens and was the world's largest digital society, according to an article published on the front page of the Study Times newspaper on Wednesday.

The Study Times is published by the Central Party School, which trains rising officials in the ruling Communist Party. The CAC reposted the article on its official WeChat account.

The Party should take advantage of the internet's ability to facilitate communication, he said, and use it to let the party's innovative theories 'fly into the homes of ordinary people' Good role models should be better publicised and young internet users should be guided to develop good cyberspace habits rather than behaviours such as cyberbullying, he said, adding that internet firms should improve their self-discipline.

After years of rapid growth and runaway change, China's regulators have been trying to further strengthen control over society and its cyberspace.

In recent months, regulators have wielded a wide-ranging crackdown against the technology and other sectors.

The State Council published guidelines for building a civilised internet last month, saying that the cyberspace should be used to promote education about the ruling Communist Party and its achievements.