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Celestial Empire is taking new measures to ensure global data security.
On Tuesday, China launched a global data security initiative that sets out principles to be followed in a range of areas, from personal data to espionage..
Initiative announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi in Beijing, arose due to the fact that the United States continues to put pressure on the largest technology companies in China and convince countries around the world to block them.
China’s initiative includes eight key points, including avoiding the use of technology to damage critical infrastructure in other countries or steal data, and ensuring that service providers do not install backdoors in their products and do not illegally obtain user data..
Wang also said that this initiative is aimed at putting an end to actions that «infringe on personal data», as well as against the use of technology for massive surveillance of other states.
Companies must also respect the laws of host countries and stop forcing Chinese companies to store overseas data on their own territory, the initiative says..
Many of these clauses seem to address some of the accusations from Washington..
The United States has accused China’s tech companies of creating threats to national security by collecting user data and then sending it to Beijing. Companies such as Huawei and ByteDance have denied these allegations.
«We have not and will not ask Chinese companies to transfer foreign data to their government in violation of the laws of other countries.», – said Wang.
Anyone who signs up to a commitment must also respect the sovereignty, jurisdiction and data management of other countries and not ask companies or individuals based in other countries to provide data without permission..
China has its own rules regarding censorship and data. The system, known as the Great Firewall, effectively blocks services such as Google and Facebook, while China’s censors regularly order the country‘s internet companies to remove content. Meanwhile, countries like Australia have raised concerns about Chinese law provisions that seem to oblige companies to transfer data to Beijing if asked to do so..
It is unclear if any country has joined China’s initiative and how it will be implemented and monitored. But the world’s second largest economy is seeking to increase its role in setting standards around the world – from data to telecommunications..
In his speech, Wang took a sharp walk across the United States, announcing the initiative..
«Seeking unilateral action, one country continues to make unfounded accusations against others in the name of “clean” networks and uses security as an excuse to hunt for businesses in other countries that have a competitive edge, he said. – Such blatant acts of intimidation must be resisted and rejected».
Last month the United States presented its initiative «Net net» – program aimed at «protecting national assets, including the privacy of citizens and the most sensitive information of companies, from aggressive intrusions by intruders such as the Chinese Communist Party».
Meanwhile, Washington is stepping up pressure on Chinese tech companies. In August, the United States amended a rule to effectively cut Huawei off from major semiconductor suppliers. And in the same month, the President of the United States Donald Trump signed a banning decree with TikTok owner ByteDance and WeChat owner Tencent.
Other countries have also blocked Chinese tech firms.
Huawei will not play a role in next-generation 5G networks in Australia and the UK. India recently banned 118 Chinese apps amid growing tensions over a border dispute with the Himalayas in Ladakh.