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China’s global data security initiative and its international implications.

China’s global data security initiative and its international implications.

Earlier this month, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi declared a new drive to set global measures on data security. The Chinese government's Global Data Security Initiative was started to set new rules for inter-government system governance and to promote an open and direct business ecosystem for the digital economy.

China’s leadership has eight key points including not using technology to damage other countries’ critical infrastructure or steal data and ensuring service providers don’t place backdoors in their commodities and illegally gather user data.

Wang declared that although countries differed in their regional conditions and developing stage of the internet, they need to strengthen logical cooperation, build up bilateral trust, and develop cooperation with one another rather than attempting unilateralism in the name of national security.

The action comes as the U.S. remains to put weight on China’s largest technology firms and persuade countries around the world to block them.  “We have not and will not ask Chinese companies to transfer data across to the government in violation of other nations’ laws,” Wang confirmed. 

Organizations like Huawei have already established that it will never install backdoors in its products or services, or illegally obtain user data. Huawei has additionally encouraged governments and stakeholders to work intimately with each other based on this initiative to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on issues related to technical standards and common rules and establish unified security and technical standards.