China to launch initiative to set global data-security rules: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Berlin
FILE PHOTO: China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses the media during a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (not pictured) as part of a meeting in Berlin, Germany September 1, 2020. Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

September 7, 2020

(Reuters) – China is launching an initiative to set global standards on data security, countering U.S. efforts to persuade countries to ringfence their networks from Chinese technology, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

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,” the Journal said citing a draft reviewed by it.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to announce the initiative on Tuesday at a seminar in Beijing on global digital governance, the report said.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has in recent months tightened its restrictions on Chinese companies citing national security concerns.

(Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)