Jul 27, 2015

East Turkestan: China’s New National Security Regulations Place the Region Under Cyber-Occupation

China has passed a new law declaring cyberspace and even outer space to be part of China’s national security. The law stipulates that Internet and information systems need to be “secure and controllable”. This law has created uncertainty among foreign investors in the technology field. China manages and controls with strict censorship internet websites and the social media channels that are accessible from China. These new provisions will affect the Uyghurs’ freedom to access the internet and hinder the relations of the diaspora and the community still living under Chinese rule.

Below is an article published by Onislam


Cyberspace is the notional environment in which communication over computer networks occurs.

China passed a wide-ranging new national security law expanding its legal reach over the Internet and even outer space as concerns grow about ever-tighter limits on rights.

The new law declares both cyberspace and outer space to be part of China's national security interest, along with the ocean depths and polar regions, where Beijing has been extending its exploratory activities.

The text requires key Internet and information systems to be "secure and controllable", the official Xinhua news agency said, potentially raising concerns for foreign technology companies.

The Internet -- which is subject to strict censorship in China -- was "a significant infrastructure facility of the country", Zheng Shuna a senior official at the National People's Congress (NPC), the rubber-stamp parliament said, adding that Beijing's sovereignty over it should be "respected and maintained".

The new law provided a legal foundation for "the management of Internet activities on China's territory and the resisting of activities that undermine China's cyberspace security", she added.

Beijing has repeatedly clashed with Washington over cyberspying.

This law will directly affect Uyghurstan, the Central Asian Muslim country which lies under the Chinese occupation since 1949.

Uyghur Muslims who are the native peope of Uyghurstan seek to regain their independence.

However because of the Chinese massacres and crackdowns committed against them, millions of Uyghur succeeded in fleeing from these bloody genocides and the only connection between homeland-Uyghurs and the Uyghur diaspora who were forced to leave their homeland by the Chinese occupation is the internet and the free cyberspace.

Creating a Chinese siege around this cyberspace will help the Chinese occupation in cutting the ties between Uyghurs in Uyghurstan and in diaspora.

The parent term of cyberspace is "cybernetics", derived from the Ancient Greek κυβερνήτης (kybernētēs, steersman, governor, pilot, or rudder), a word introduced by Norbert Wiener for his pioneering work in electronic communication and control science.

Internet content is subject to technical censorship methods, including: Internet Protocol (IP) address blocking, Domain Name System (DNS) filtering and redirection, Uniform Resource Locator filtering, Packet filtering, Connection reset, Network disconnection, Portal censorship and search result removal, and Computer network attacks.

Technical censorship techniques are subject to both over- and under-blocking since it is often impossible to always block exactly the targeted content without blocking other permissible material or allowing some access to targeted material and so providing more or less protection than desired.

A Content-control software can also be carried out by governments or private organizations.