With various steps taken by the United States, along with encouraging other nations to make their technological advances free from Chinese technology, China is now launching an initiative to set global standards on data security – as reported by the Wall Street Journal. 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 Journal said. Along with it the initiative also propose 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 diplomats have approached a number of foreign governments to seek their support for Beijing’s initiative, according to the report.
In the past few months, president Donald Trump had called off various Chinese technology firms such as Huawei Technologies – a significantly big enterprise in the world market in advanced mobile telecommunications – along with some popular Chinese applications including ByteDance Ltd’s, TIk-Tok, WeChat and Tencent Holdings Ltd’s – describing all as a threat to national security and privacy. Washington has also came forward with a “Clean Network” initiative, excluding Chinese tech firms perceived as threatening national security.
“We lose billions of dollars and if we didn’t do business with them we wouldn’t lose billions of dollars. It’s called decoupling, so you’ll start thinking about it,” Trump said. Trump even promised that in his future administrations he would go up to banning federal contracts with companies that outsource to China and hold Beijing accountable for allowing the coronavirus to create the pandemic. “We will make America into the manufacturing superpower of the world and will end our reliance on China once and for all. Whether it’s decoupling, or putting in massive tariffs like I’ve been doing already, we will end our reliance in China, because we can’t rely on China,” Trump said.