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Xi squeezes internet speech as clampdown intensifies

Chinese leader calls for 'better governance in cyberspace' at conference

Chinese authorities are growing increasingly concerned with speech on short video sharing apps like Kuaishou, pictured here.
Chinese authorities are growing increasingly concerned with speech on short video sharing apps like Kuaishou, pictured here.   © Reuters

BEIJING/WUZHEN, China -- Chinese President Xi Jinping called for tighter cyberspace controls in remarks delivered Wednesday at the opening of an international internet conference, stepping up his administration's digital crackdown as online speech incidents jump 70% year-on-year.

"Despite having different conditions and facing various challenges, countries across the world share ... demands for better governance in cyberspace," Xi wrote in a congratulatory letter to the fifth World Internet Conference in the historic town of Wuzhen, suggesting the Chinese leader aims to bring other countries into the fold as well.

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