Trade war tensions loom over China internet summit

The official opening of the World Internet Conference, which last year attracted Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet head Sundar Pichai, was more muted this year and did not include previous calls for a more open internet. Tencent chief Pony Ma said China’s economy was resilient and the country’s internet sector had a bright future despite hurdles. WUZHEN, China (Reuters) – China should have a more prominent role in shaping the future of the global internet, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday in remarks that underscored how battle lines for control of the web have hardened amid a biting trade war with the United States. “Going forward we still want to realize the dream of making China a powerful internet country.”(By Cate Cadell; Reporting by Cate Cadell; Writing by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Darren Schuettler)Likes “The official speeches spoke a lot less about openness and a lot more about strategic and pragmatic cooperation,” said Rogier Creemers, a China governance expert at Leiden University in the Netherlands and regular conference attendee.

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