DUBAI, UAE - China reached out to other countries on Monday, expressing a desire for cooperation, coordination and rule-setting on the adoption and use of new technologies.
The country's minister for science and technology, Wang Zhigang, who is also special envoy for Chinese President Xi Jinping, was addressing the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday morning.
He called on governments to "join hands" and agree on how the use of new technologies can be governed.
The minister's comments come at a time when Chinese technology giant Huawei is mired in controversy.
Wang said he believed "it is imperative to respect national sovereignty" and that no government should seek "technological hegemony."
"All countries around the world should join hands to build together a governance framework featured by responsible innovation, to provide for a more friendly, open and inclusive market."
"We need to uphold the security of all mankind, explore the adoption of relevant rules and standards in a phased way, while leaving broad space for scientific discovery and technological innovation," he said.