China has talked up its heavily regulated internet as the reason why the county is seeing falling cyber crime year on year.
Government officials from around the globe debated whether more internet regulation is needed to protect the world from cyber terrorists during the second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit in London on Wednesday.
China promoted its controversial 'Great Firewall' and its deeply regulated internet as key to stemming the cyber terrorist threat.
"Since 1994 China has enacted serious laws and regulations relating to cyber security," said Liu Xiaoming, ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the UK and Northern Ireland.
"These are laws and regulations on communications and to protect computer systems, as well as regulations of the networks that connect to the internet. It's fair to say China's government has taken effective measures to protect Chinese people."
Xiaoming added that the amount of spam email originating in China has been steadily decreasing because of the regulation the country is enacting.
France called for less drastic action, suggesting that countries should make sure they apply national legislation to the internet in order to give cyber space borders and legal regimes.
“Can we still really say cyber space has no frontiers and the borders of cyber space do not follow political boundaries? Borders do exist and they are becoming stronger,” said Francis Delon, France's secretary general for defence and national security affairs.
France has been leading Europe with calls to increase internet regulation. President Nicolas Sarkozy ran the eG8 forum last week to discuss the issue, and introduced three strikes legislation last year that will cut off persistent illegal downloaders from the internet.
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