China counters U.S., pushes new global standards on data security

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China has unveiled its own initiative to set global standards on data security.  The move counters the U.S. “clean network” program targeting to discourage other countries from using Chinese technology.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday, outlined the principles that should be followed in areas from personal information to espionage. He spoke at a Beijing seminar on global digital governance.

Washington has accused Beijing of using Chinese technology companies to promote clandestine activities that threaten American national security, and its allies.

In the last three years, the Trump’s White House has worked to persuade like-minded countries to ringfence their networks from Chinese technology. The move has affected patronage for notably Huawei, ZTE and Tik Tok among other Chinese companies.

Washington has ruled Tik Tok be sold to American companies or risks having its operations in the U.S. shut before November, this year.  

China’s new push could further deteriorate U.S.-China relations already impacting negatively on trade between the two countries and intensifying competition in telecommunications and artificial intelligence technologies,

“Bent on unilateral acts, a certain country keeps making groundless accusations against others in the name of ‘clean’ networks and used security as a pretext to prey on enterprises of other countries who have a competitive edge,” Wang said, according to a transcript of his speech released by the ministry.

“Such blatant acts of bullying must be opposed and rejected,” he added.

There are eight key principles in the initiative, ranging from how data should be stored to how it should be used.

Under the new deal, China opposes impairing critical infrastructure and theft of important data. It also opposes abusing technology to “conduct mass surveillance against other states,” the transcript said.

Companies should not “install backdoors in their products and services” to illegally obtain user data, should respect the sovereignty, jurisdiction and governance of data in other states,” the transcript states.

“The Chinese government has acted in strict compliance with data security principles. We have not and will not ask Chinese companies to transfer data overseas to the government in breach of other countries’ laws,” said Wang.

“Politicization of security issues, double standards and slandering others violate the basic norms governing international relations, and seriously disrupts and hampers global digital cooperation and development,” Yi said.

Courtesy: Bioreports, ABCNews, CNBC

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