Some Australian media organizations have, in recent time, repeatedly carry reports that accuse China of making cyber attacks but are unable to prove it either with proper investigation or solid evidence. They even go on to attack China's Internet regulation policy, hinting that China is restricting the freedom of speech. We have to say that reports as such are irresponsible and unfair not only to China but also to the general public in Australia.
The Chinese side has reiterated on many occasions that any form of cyber attack or act violating its citizens' privacy is strictly prohibited by the Chinese law, and the Chinese government has mounted a resolute fight against such crimes according to the Chinese law. As a matter of fact, China is also a victim of frequent cyber attacks hacking our computers and Internet systems. As cyber hacking is a virtual world crime that respects no border, it is important for the international community to combat it through closer cooperation.
The Chinese government takes the views the public expressed on the Internet very seriously. Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and other Chinese leaders have had candid online talks with Internet users on several occasions, which received warm responses from the Chinese people.
China's Internet is open with lively online debates and discussions. It is the basic policy of the Chinese government to ensure the effective use, dynamic growth and scientific management of the Internet. By the end of 2009, 3.68 million websites and 181 million blogs had been opened in China with a netizen population of 384 million, the single largest in the world.
While striving to promote the sound growth of the Internet, we have to ensure online safety. China is committed to managing the Internet in a scientific manner, which means, inter alia, regulating it according to law. A host of laws and regulations have been enacted in China in this connection, including the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Ensuring Internet Safety and the Methods of the People's Republic of China for the Management of Internet Information Services, which clearly set out the online information to be regulated. Information that are aimed at inciting ethnic separatism or splitting up the country, promoting evil cult, encouraging gambling or cyber crimes, or of pornographic nature must be regulated in a timely and effective fashion.
We are now living in an age of information and globalization. We hope that certain media organizations will carry reports that are objective and rational and in line with the professional ethics of journalism, putting the general public in the right perspective and demonstrating the fairness, impartiality and social conscience of the public media.