China To Launch Initiative To Set Global Data-Security Rules: WSJ

September 8, 2020 6:34 am

Beijing (PingWest)—China is launching its own initiative to set global standards on data security, countering US efforts to persuade like-minded countries to ringfence their networks from Chinese technology, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Under its new “Global Initiative on Data Security,” China would call on all countries to handle data security in a “comprehensive, objective and evidence-based manner” and maintain an open, secure and stable supply chain for information and communications technology and services, WSJ reported, citing a draft that it had reviewed.

It will also urge governments to respect other countries’ sovereignty in how they handle data, because China's "cyber sovereignty" vision believes that each country has the right to exercise complete control over its own Internet.

The initiative comes about a month after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the Clean Network program, which would exclude Chinese telecommunications firms, apps, cloud providers, and undersea cables from internet infrastructure used by the US and other countries.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to announce the initiative on Tuesday at a seminar in Beijing on global digital governance, according to people briefed on the matter.