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China Unveils Global Data Security Initiative

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The announcement comes a month after the United States said it was purging “untrusted” Chinese apps under a program dubbed “Clean Network”.

- Updated: 15th Sep 2020, 09:41 IST

China announced an initiative on Tuesday to establish global standards on data security. In addition, this is to counter U.S. efforts to persuade like-minded countries to secure their networks from Chinese technology.

Moreover, they want to promote multilateralism in the area at a time when individual countries are bullying others.

The announcement, by State Councillor Wang Yi, comes a month after the United States says it was purging “untrusted” Chinese apps under a program dubbed Clean Network.

On the other hand, it is happening due to the Trump Administration’s decision to ban Huawei, TikTok, WeChat, etc. Chinese officials, meanwhile, have accused the U.S. of imposing a double standard. In addition, to trying to sabotage the efforts of Chinese businesses to expand.

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Global data security rules that reflect the wishes of all countries and respect the interests of all parties should be reached on the basis of universal participation by all parties,” Wang said.

What does it include?

This initiative by China is calling technology firms to prevent the creation of so-called backdoors in their products. In addition, services that could allow data to be obtained illegally. As well as for participants to respect the sovereignty, jurisdiction, and data management rights of other countries.

It also calls for companies to not engage in large-scale surveillance of other countries. Moreover, not to illegally acquire information from foreign citizens through information technology.

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The initiative does not mention the U.S. or its Clean Network program. Mr. Wang nonetheless made it clear in his announcement that the move comes in response to the White House effort.

“Bent on unilateral acts, a certain country keeps making groundless accusations against others in the name of ‘clean’ network and used security as a pretext to prey on enterprises of other countries who have a competitive edge,” Mr. Wang said, according to the transcript. “Such blatant acts of bullying must be opposed and rejected.”

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China tightly controls and censors its own cyberspace through the popularly dubbed Great Firewall, which has for years restricted access to firms such as US majors Twitter, Facebook, and Google owner Alphabet. This initiative is a step out of the norm for China.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has taken aim at Chinese giants such as Huawei, Tencent, and TikTok owner ByteDance, citing concerns over national security and the collection of personal data, which the companies have rejected.

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Highlights of the Story

  • China tightly controls its own cyberspace through the Great Firewall.
  • The US said it was purging untrusted Chinese apps under “Clean Network”.

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