The Wall Street Journal reported that China is launching an initiative to set global standards on data security, countering U.S. efforts to persuade countries to ring fence their networks from Chinese technology.
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 initiative would urge countries to oppose “mass surveillance against other states” and call on tech companies not to install “back doors 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.
Chinese diplomats have approached a number of foreign governments to seek their support for Beijing’s new initiative.
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 USA would not lose money if the world’s two biggest economies no longer did business.
Reuters / ABC Flash Point World News 2020.