China's cyberspace could become more open, the country's president has claimed.
President Xi Jinping was speaking about the possible changes to his nation's cyberspace at China's fourth annual World Internet Conference .
In a letter read out at the conference, the President said that China was "entering a fast lane" and this would mean that China's doors would "only become more and more open". He also said that China was “willing to work with the international community to respect cyberspace sovereignty and promote partnerships”.
Top figures from the US tech industry were in attendance, including Google chief executive Sundar Pichai for the first time, along with Apple CEO Tim Cook.
“The theme of this conference , developing a digital economy for openness and shared benefits, is a vision we at Apple share,” Cook said. “We are proud to have worked alongside many of our partners in China to help build a community that will join a common future in cyberspace."
Tencent and Alibaba are now among the world’s most valued internet companies, followed by an army of powerful players such as Baidu, JD.com and handset maker Xiaomi, the South China Morning Post reports.