PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 June, 1999, 12:00am

China should build a domestic Internet system with locally developed software to counter 'Western hegemony', an official newspaper said.

The Guangming Daily, which attracts intellectuals, said the mainland risked anarchy if its economic and social development became dependent on a world system developed by Western countries.

Wednesday's article acknowledged the importance of China's integration with the World Wide Web but said it would be handing its fate to Western powers if it failed to develop its own network.

The paper suggested that under normal circumstances Chinese could surf the world's Internet, but then survive on its own system in 'future Internet warfare'.

'We suggest this 'one country, two Internets' idea in which China builds a domestic network, to solve this dilemma,' it said.

The paper said it was alarming during the Kosovo conflict that Nato had threatened to paralyse Yugoslav computer networks by cutting the country's Internet access.

'In future Internet warfare, Western countries could paralyse your networks by cutting you off from the Internet and destroying your military and economic systems through logic bombs or computer viruses,' the article said.

'If our Government, economy, education and information technology are all built on a world system, we will risk incurring great losses to our national security and interest.'


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