China defends new cybersecurity demands amid US complaints

It has been reported that Barack Obama is not happy with new rules proposed by China, that would require US tech companies to abide by strict cyber security measures but China has been quick to defend the proposed regulation.


China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news briefing “All countries are paying attention to and taking measures to safeguard their own information security, This is beyond reproach.


China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying


The statement was made after president Obama criticised a purposed anti-terror law that he said could stifle US tech business in China. The proposed legislation would require companies to hand over encryption keys to the country’s government, and create a “back door” into their systems to give Chinese government surveillance access.


“This is something that I’ve raised directly with President Xi, Obama said in a an interview, “We have made it clear to them that this is something they are going to have to change if they are to do business with the United States.”


US trade groups are reported to be also against these proposed regulations, the country has made cyber security a national priority over the past year. This was post the allegations made by Edward Snowden that the US had been secretly spying on Chinese companies and schools through cyber surveillance.

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is interviewed

Edward Snowden



China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua said “ I would like to point out that China consistently opposed using one’s superiority in information technology, or using IT products to support cyber surveillance, “she said, adding that anti-terror legislation relates to country’s domestic affairs.


China is developing a new “Cyber security vetting system” to weed out secret spying activities. Companies that failed to pass the vetting would be blocked from the market. Already China has blocked web sites such as Twitter and Facebook through its strict online censorship.

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