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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

China is launching its own initiative to set global standards on data security, in response to U.S. efforts to persuade like-minded countries to bar Chinese technology from their networks.

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China on Tuesday launched the Global Initiative on Data Security to establish international data-security standards, in an attempt to counter U.S. efforts to persuade other nations to exclude Chinese technology from their networks.

The initiative urges countries to manage data security in a "comprehensive, objective, and evidence-based manner," while maintaining an open, secure, and stable supply chain for data and communications technology and services.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said global rules would "reflect the will and respect the interests of all countries," and offset risks to data security and politicization by rival nations.

The initiative was announced about a month after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's declaration of the Clean Network program, which would bar Chinese suppliers and technology from the Internet infrastructure of the U.S. and other nations.

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