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What does 'freedom' mean? 6 takeaways from China's Wuzhen Internet conference

What does 'freedom' mean? 6 takeaways from China's Wuzhen Internet conference

The word “freedom” means different things to different people.

That’s perhaps the greatest takeaway from China’s second World Internet Conference, which began Wednesday morning in Wuzhen, a historical village near Shanghai. President Xi Jinping delivered the keynote address — a rare move that underscored the event’s official gravitas. Wearing a red tie and neutral expression, Xi called for more “freedom” online, disregarding the fact that his administration oversees perhaps the world's most sophisticated Internet censorship apparatus.

"On one hand, we should respect the freedom of expression,” Xi said. “On the...

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