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China toughens web censorship, encourages others to follow

Beijing sees internet controls as a 'question of sovereignty'

China's President Xi Jinping is shown on a screen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China on Dec. 4.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- As China tightens its grip on the internet, there are rising concerns that its form of information suppression will spread to other emerging countries keen to win Beijing's favor.

The Chinese government justified internet censorship as "a question of sovereignty" at the fourth World Internet Conference it hosted in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, from Sunday through Tuesday, as it signaled its intention to further tighten the lid on information access by deploying cutting-edge technologies.

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