This article was published today in the PLA Daily, and reposted on the Seeking Truth website.
No-one living today can leave the network. The network is changing people’ lives, and is profoundly influencing national security.
Cybersovereignty symbolized national sovereignty. The online space is also the security space of a nation. If we do not occupy the online battlefield ourselves, others will occupy it; if we do not defend online territory ourselves, sovereignty will be lost, and it may even become a “bridgehead” for hostile forces to erode and disintegrate us.
The Internet has become the main battlefront for struggle in the ideological area. With the existence of the network, the ideological front has been completely thrown open, gates of minds have become gates of the country, defence of the mind has become defence of the country, and a battle of the minds has become a hidden war. Whoever controls the network, will seize the commanding heights in the ideological struggle, and command the lifelines of national security and development in the information era.
Network resources are not virtual resources, but they are real resources involving national security. In the network age, a country’s information, resources, morale, key nodes, etc., can be wantonly pillaged by hostile nations who control advanced network technology.
National security has become an important component part of our country’s overall security “chessboard”. It may be said that without cybersecurity, there is no national security.
With regard to cybersecurity, apart from the fact that we have strengthened technological forces, strengthening “moral defence” forces should become the heaviest of heavies. The Internet is “the greatest variable” that we face, if we do not handle it well, it may become “an anxiety in hearts and minds”. Especially online ideological work involves our banners, our path and national political security, this is a core battlefield that we must defend and occupy. A scholar pointed out that: “control of cyber power in the 21st century is equally decisive as controlling naval power in the 19th Century and airpower in the 20th”. Western anti-China forces have continuously and vainly attempted to use the Internet to topple China. A few years ago, western political leaders stated that “with the Internet, there is a way to counter China”, and “Socialist countries will fall into the Western fold, and this will start with the Internet”.
Consequently, Western hostile forces and a small number of “ideological traitors” in our country use the network, and relying on computers, mobile phones and other such information terminals, maliciously attack our Party, blacken the leaders who founded the New China, vilify our heroes, and arouse mistaken thinking trends of historical nihilism, with the ultimate goal of using “universal values” to mislead us, using “constitutional democracy” to throw us into turmoil, use “colour revolutions” to overthrow us, use negative public opinion and rumours to oppose us, and use “de-partification and depoliticization of the military” to upset us.
On this battlefield of the Internet, whether or not we are able to ward of the enemy from the gates of minds, directly affects our country’s ideological security and regime security. This is an online public opinion battle with glints and flashes of cold steel and numerous opportunities to make a kill. Back in the day, to tackle the Soviet Union, one method Western hostile forces adopted was online infiltration in the ideological area. Afterwards, in the Southern Alliance, and a number of countries in Southwest Asia, and North Africa, they played the same tricks: through subverting the online platforms of their target countries, they used means such as garbled statements and palming off the spurious as the genuine to attack their targets, and so by borrowing a knife to kill someone, they eliminated their strategic adversary in the real world.
If hearts are won, there is gladness, if hearts are lost, there is failure. A regime’s disintegration often begins in the ideological area, political upheaval and regime change can happen in the space of a night, but ideological evolution is a long-term process. If the ideological front is broken, other fronts will become difficult to hold. We must grasp the leadership power, management power and discourse power in online ideology work closely in our hands, we cannot let it fall to others at any time, otherwise, we will make irreversible and historical mistakes.
Even so, in comparison with the strategic attacks conducted in an organized, targeted, planned and gradual manner by hostile powers who have dominated online public opinion guidance power for a ling time, a small number of leading cadres in our Army haven’t yet learnt “the art of swimming” in the high waves of the network, they lack a sober understanding and sense of worry concerning the circumstances of the online public opinion struggle, and lack an active understanding and sense of purpose in battling for online “terrain” for the sake of the Party, the country and the Army.
Strengthening online ideology work means safeguarding the highest interest of the country and the nation, and safeguarding the fundamental interests of the people. In the face of this struggle, we cannot and must not retreat, we cannot and must not lose. If we do not give high regard to cybersovereignty, and do not put online ideological work in a high position and grasp it in our hands, the masses will be led astray by the enemy, and the military will face the risk of changing of nature and colour. It may be said that our biggest danger endangers it battlefield, and the most crucial matter is the crux of this battlefield.
It is still necessary to field the main force on this battlefield. In the journey towards a strong country and a strong military, our Army must not only firmly safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests on the tangible traditional battlefield, it must also firmly defend ideological security and political security on the intangible cyber battlefield, this is a task to which we are duty-bound. Only if we act as we did at the time of the Battle of Triangle Hill, are riveted to the most forward position of the battlefield and the fight in this ideological struggle, are online “seed machines and propaganda teams”, and arouse hundreds and thousands in the “Red Army”, will we be able to be good shock troops and fresh troops in the construction of the “Online Great Wall”, and will we be able to endure and vanquish in this protracted, smokeless war.
In order to implement the CCP Central Committee General Office and State Council General Office “Guiding Opinions concerning Promoting the Converged Development of Traditional Media and New Media”, encourage lawful and sincere business between newspaper and periodical work units and Internet media, promote the establishment and completion of copyright cooperation mechanisms, and standardize the online reprint copyright order, on the basis of the relevant regulations of the “Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China”, the “Copyright Law Implementation Regulations of the People’s Republic of China”, and the “Regulations to Protect the Right of Distribution Through Information Networks”, matters concerning standardizing the online reprint copyright order are hereby notified as follows: Read the rest of this entry »
On 6 February, the Central Leading Group for Cybersecurity and Informatization and China Mobile jointly organized a nationwide conference for cyber and information security, at which China Telecom, China Mobile, People’s Daily Online, Xinhua Online, Qihoo 360 and other such Internet and information technology firms committed to new list of proposals concerning reforming the online environment. These documents mostly have symbolic value, but demonstrate the continuing pressure on enterprises to “identify with” (rentong 认同) the State’s objectives.
Since the 18th Party Congress, and especially since the establishment of the Central Leading Group for Cybersecurity and Informatization, the Centre has put forward a series of major policies and strategic deployments concerning cybersecurity and informatization work, greatly inspiring internet and information technology enterprises as well as sectoral organizations nationwide. Everyone deeply feels major responsibilities, and shall dare to undertake work, act vigorously, give rein to their own superiorities, and truly make even greater contributions to safeguarding our country’s cyber and information security. To this end, the Chinese Cyberspace Security Association, together with all Internet and information technology enterprises and sectoral organizations publish the following proposal: Read the rest of this entry »
CCP General Office and State Council General Office Opinions concerning Strengthening the Construction of New Types of Think Tanks with Chinese Characteristics
In order to deeply implement the spirit of the 18th Party Congress and the 3rd and 4th Plenums of the 18th Party Congress, strengthen the construction of new types of think tanks with Chinese characteristics and establish and complete a policymaking consultancy system, the following Opinion is formulated.
I, Major significance
(1) New kinds of think tanks with Chinese characteristics are an important support for scientific, democratic and lawful policymaking by the Party and the government. A policymaking consultancy system is an important content of the construction of our country’s Socialist democratic politics. Our Party has always given high regard to policymaking consultancy wok. Since reform and opening up, our country’s think tank construction undertaking has developed rapidly, providing powerful intelligence support to Party and government policymaking. At present, the comprehensive construction of a moderately prosperous society has entered a decisive stage, analysing and explaining difficult questions of reform, development and stability and responding to global issues is complex and difficult without precedent, this urgently requires the completion of a policymaking support system with Chinese characteristics, the forceful strengthening of think tank construction, the support of scientific policymaking through scientific consulting, and the guidance of scientific development through scientific policymaking. Read the rest of this entry »
“Opinions concerning Further Strengthening and Improving Propaganda and Ideology Work in Higher Education Under New Circumstances”
The “Opinion concerning Further Strengthening and Improving Propaganda and Ideology Work in Higher Education Under New Circumstances”, published today, is the latest of a series of documents aimed at imposing stricter political discipline and control in China’s academia. The original document has not been published. The following is a translation of Xinhua’s summary.
The Central Committee General Office and the State Council General Office have recently issued the “Opinions concerning Further Strengthening and Improving Propaganda and Ideology Work in Higher Education Under New Circumstances”. The “Opinion” emphatically points out that ideological work is an extremely important work of our Party and our country, higher education is a forward battlefield in ideological work, and shoulders the important tasks of studying, researching and propagating Marxism, fostering and carrying forward the Socialist core value system, and providing talent guarantees and intelligent support for the realization of the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Doing higher education propaganda and ideology work well and strengthening the construction of the higher education ideological battlefields are strategic projects, steadfast projects and projects of casting souls, they relate to Party leadership over higher education, relate to the comprehensive implementation of the Party’s educational policies, relate to successors for the undertaking of Socialism with Chinese characteristics, and have an extremely important and profound significance for consolidating the guiding position of Marxism in the ideological area and consolidating a common ideological basis for the united struggle of the entire Party, the entire country and all the people.
The “Opinion” consists of seven parts: I, Strengthening and improving higher education propaganda and ideology work is a major and urgent strategic task; II, guiding ideology, basic principles and main tasks; III, realistically promoting the entry of the theoretical system of Socialism with Chinese characteristics into textbooks, classrooms and minds; IV, Forcefully raising the ideological and political quality of higher education teaching teams; V, incessantly expanding higher education mainstream ideology and public opinion; VI, Striving to strengthen management of the higher education propaganda and ideology battlefield; VII, Realistically strengthening Party leadership over higher education propaganda and ideology work. Read the rest of this entry »
Opinions concerning Stimulating the Development of Cloud Computing Innovation and Fostering New Business Models in the Information Industry
GF No. (2015)5
All provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Governments, all State Council ministries and commissions, all directly subordinate bodies:
Cloud computing is a completely new business model to promote the realization of providing supply according to demand in terms of information technology capability, which stimulates the full use of information technology and data resources, and is a major reform and inevitable trend in informatized development. Developing cloud computing benefits the sharing of information, knowledge and innovation resources, the reduction of start-up costs for the whole society, the fostering and shaping of new industries and new consumption hot spots, and is of great importance for stable growth, structural adjustment, enriching the people’s livelihoods and establishing a new type of country. At present, global cloud computing is in its primary phase of development, and our country faces a rare opportunity, however, there are also problems such as relatively weak service capacity, a relatively large lack in core technology, insufficient openness and sharing of information resources, prominent challenges with information security, etc., construction has been focused on while application has been overlooked, and the sprouts of disorderly development of data centres are beginning to emerge. In order to stimulate the innovation and development of our country’s cloud computing and vigorously foster new business models in the information industry, the following opinions are hereby put forward
I, Guiding ideology, basic principles and development objectives
(1) Guiding ideology.
Adapt to the needs of moving new-type industrialization, informatization, urbanization, agricultural modernization and the modernization of the State’s governing ability forward, take comprehensively deepening reform as driver, take enhancing capabilities and deepening application as main line, perfect development environments, foster backbone enterprises, innovate service models, expand the scope of application, strengthen technology support, guarantee information security, optimize the distribution of facilities, stimulate the innovative development of cloud computing, foster new business models in the innovation industry, ensure that information resources are being used with high efficiency, provide powerful support for start-ups and emerging sectors, and for liberating innovative vitality, and draw out new drivers for the sustained and healthy development of the economy and society. Read the rest of this entry »
Beijing Municipality Self-Discipline Convention on Internet Application Programmes and Public Information Services
This convention was announced on 26 November 2014. According to Xinhua, it was signed by over 50 websites, including Sina, Netease and Sohu. In the Xinhua report, the names of companies such as Baidu and Tencent are conspicuously absent. I have not been able to verify whether they have signed this document or not.
Following the swift development of the mobile Internet, mobile Internet application programmes (hereafter named apps) have been applied increasingly broadly in areas such as information publication, commercial marketing, social interaction, etc., and their influence in areas such as cultural dissemination, economic growth and social development is growing increasingly large. At the same time, a number of unlawful and harmful phenomena have appeared, such as the use of apps to publish false information, disseminate online rumours, infringe users’ privacy, conduct illegal trading, disseminate obscene and vulgar information, etc., this gravely harms the lawful rights and interests of consumers, and gravely disorders the Internet information dissemination order. In order to standardize and guide apps and public information service activities, promote the healthy and orderly development of the app sector, and stimulate social harmony and national development, this Convention is formulated. Read the rest of this entry »
Liu Yunshan’s full speech has not been published. The following is a translation of Xinhua’s summary.
The first National Cybersecurity Propaganda Week’s opening ceremony took place in Beijing on 24 November. CCP Politburo Standing Committee member, Secretary of the Central Committee Secretariat and Vice-Director of the Central Cybersecurity and Informatization Leading Group Liu Yunshan gave a speech at the opening ceremony, and participated in the public experience exhibition for cybersecurity. He pointed out that everyone shares online information, that everyone has responsible for online information, it is necessary to incessantly strengthen the entire population’s consciousness about cybersecurity, realistically strengthen cybersecurity, strive to move the legalization of cyberspace forward, and provide powerful guarantees to build a strong cyber country.
Liu Yunshan said that the interactivity of the Internet has provided strong drivers for our country’s economic development and has infused huge vitality into social progress. Ever more people obtain information, learn and interact, buy products and find entertainment, create and set up businesses, through the Internet, and going online, using the network and interacting online have become the state of life for many people. At the same time as fully enjoying all the convenience that the Internet has brought, we must also be soberly be aware that cyber attacks, online fraud and online infringement of rights occur regularly, online pornography, gambling, drugs, violence, terror as well as online rumours and other such harmful information cannot be stopped despite repeated bans, which gravely harms national security and harms the peoples’ interests. Safeguarding cybersecurity, standardizing the online order, cleaning up the online environment have become the common call of the broad masses. Read the rest of this entry »
XGCF No. (2014)122
All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press, publications, radio, film and television bureaus and Internet information offices, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press and Publications Bureau and Internet information office, the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department Press and Publications Bureau and Internet Information Office, all Central and State bodies’ ministries and commissions, all democratic parties, all controlling work units of people’s organization’s news bodies and central news websites:
In order to strengthen the construction of editorial and journalistic teams in news websites and raise the overall quality of teams, on the basis of the relevant requirements of the Centre, and according to the relevant provisions of the “State Council Notice concerning Authorizing the Cyberspace Administration of China to Be Responsible for Internet Information Content Management Work”, the Internet Information Service Management Rules”, the “Internet News Information Service Management Regulations” and the “Journalist Credential Management Rules”, it has been decided that journalist credentials will be approved and issued to news websites who have obtained a Category I Internet News Information Service Permit and conform to conditions, according to the principles of “careful implementation, phased approval, security and order, manageability and controllability”. Hereby, the relevant matters are notified as follows: Read the rest of this entry »
Notice concerning Strengthening Management of the Production and Dissemination of Radio, Film and Television Programmes, Television Dramas and Online Audiovisual Products
(XGDB No. (2014) 100)
All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press, publications, radio, film and television bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television Bureau, all departments and bureaus of the Administration’s bodies, the three central stations, the China Film Group Co., the China Film Co. Ltd., film channels, the China Education Television Channel:
For a while, a few screenwriters, directors, actors and other radio, film and television employees have been investigated and prosecuted by public security bodies because they used drugs, solicited prostitutes and engaged in other unlawful acts, their acts violated laws and regulations, corrupted the social atmosphere, and especially as social public personalities, they harmed the image of the sector, created a very harmful influence on society, and damaged the healthy growth of the broad minors. Radio, film and television works are important carriers for the dissemination of advanced Socialist culture and carrying forward the Socialist core value system. The Administration has always advocated that radio, film and television employees must abide by discipline and observe the law, consciously practice Socialist morality, resist vulgar, base and philistine tendencies; it has always advocated that the broad radio, film and television literature and art workers must pursue excellence in virtue and artistry, and disseminate positive energy to society through excellent products and a fine image. In order to further clean up the airwaves, television screens, silver screens and the online environment, and create a good employment atmosphere, the following requirements are hereby reiterated: Read the rest of this entry »