US warns China over new cyber security laws

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Manju Shukla
Date  14/04/2015

The United States is "aggressively" warning China over new cyber security regulations that would require foreign companies to give Beijing details of their encryption methods or be denied access to the Chinese market.

US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said during a visit to Beijing on Tuesday that China must address cyber security threats “without creating barriers to trade or investment.”

"The approach that we`ve taken with the Chinese government is, one, to first of all aggressively talk about the challenges that some of the regulations might do to impede trade," said Pritzker, who is leading a trade delegation to China.

"I have heard from numerous American CEOs that they are either avoiding the Chinese market or planning to reduce their exposure here, because they fear that the rules favor indigenous companies or that their intellectual property is at risk, or they worry that regulations will change unfairly," she said in a speech.

The US Commerce Secretary made the comments one month after President Barack Obama criticized the Chinese anti-terror law that would force tech firms to surrender key information to Communist authorities.

The foreign ministry in Beijing says China is a victim of hacking and has defended the law as purely internal and "a requirement for the Chinese government to prevent and combat terrorism".

China`s new policies comes 18 months after US whistleblower and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden disclosed that the NSA has planted code in US tech exports to spy on foreign targets.

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