The Editor-in-Chief of China Internet Information Center, Wang Xiaohui has emphasized that the Chinese Government has a strong law for doing business in China and other parts of the world where his country’s presence is felt.
Making the emphasis on business practice through the internet and other commodities, Mr. Wang said the government, being the watch dog for everything in China, keenly watches out for plagiarism or copyright breach and other illegal business practices.
He said though there are still those who circumvent the law to copy others’ products on the market, they are severely punished when caught in the act.
“There are people who go into people’s mail boxes to get their telephone numbers and email links as a way of falsely collecting money,” he said, “but when they are caught by the government, they face harsh punishment under the law.”
Mr. Wang said the Chinese Government stance against illegal business practices, especially in the technology industry, is meant to protect those branding their products so that piracy will not discourage their ventures.
Mr. Wang’s remarks were made in response to concerns raised by African journalists participating in an ongoing seminar organized by the Chinese Government. The journalists raised questions about many China-made consumer technology products, such as mobile phones and digital cameras, that are imitations of well established brands and sold at a fraction of the price of the authentic items.
Besides, the participants noted that some authentic products that used to be made in China are no longer on the market, but ones that are not durable.
Mr. Wang also stressed that China was conscious of introducing itself to the world and the world to China, and as such the government does everything to maintain its business image since part of its objective is enhancing economic cooperation between China and the rest of the world.
As an internet expert, he also said Government has a ban on Facebook, Twitter and parts of Google for the purpose of controlling the unnecessary flow of unwanted information that has the propensity to stir up conflict.
He, however, disclosed that China has developed its own “web”, known as “WeChat” which allows millions of Chinese and foreigners to subscribe to, but it is closely monitored so that unwanted information will not be used on it.
According to him, monitoring is done to increase protection for those engaged in creation of websites and privacy of all users.
On government’s control of the economy, social and political rights for which Beijing is receiving criticism from the west, Mr. Wang said “Internet governance is sovereignty and not something another has to agree before others do.”