China to launch initiative to set global data-security rules

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 04: Red flags flutter in the wind near the Chinese national emblem outside the Great Hall of the People where sessions of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and National People's Congress are being held on March 4, 2014 in Beijing, China. "Based on our history and experience, we believe that peace can only be maintained by strength," National People's Congress spokesperson Fu Ying respond to a question concerning China's growing military power. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

Sept 7 (Reuters) - China is launching an initiative to set global standards on data security, countering U.S. efforts to persuade countries to ringfence their networks from Chinese technology, the Wall Street Journal reported .

Under its “Global Initiative on Data Security,” China would call on all countries to handle data security in a “comprehensive, objective and evidence-based manner,” the Journal said, citing a draft that it had reviewed.

The initiative would urge countries to oppose “mass surveillance against other states” and call on tech companies not to install “backdoors in their products and services to illegally obtain users’ data, control or manipulate users’ systems and devices.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to announce the initiative on Tuesday at a seminar in Beijing on global digital governance, the report said.

Chinese diplomats have approached a number of foreign governments to seek their support for Beijing’s new initiative, according to the report.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump in recent months has tightened its restrictions on Chinese companies, citing national security concerns. Washington also rolled out a “Clean Network” initiative to exclude Chinese tech firms perceived as threatening national security.

Separately, Trump on Monday raised the idea of separating the U.S. and Chinese economies, suggesting the United States would not lose money if the world’s two biggest economies no longer did business. (Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Leslie Adler)


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  • F B says:

    “If you want to see a picture of the future, imagine a boot standing on a human face, for ever” George Orwell 1984

  • Scott Gordon says:

    Hilarious !
    The CCP wants to stop the world doing exactly what it is doing 🙂
    Assume those not in support will be cut off from the BRI !
    or be called ‘white trash’ , like Australia .

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