In his speech, Zhang launched an attack on the Trump Administration’s “Clean Network” program that could purge a range of Chinese tech firms from the U. S. or prevent them from doing business with American firms. “A certain country keeps making groundless accusations against others in the name of a ‘clean’ network and uses security as a pretext to prey on enterprises of other countries that have a competitive edge.
The Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, appearing in a video during a closed-door meeting in Beijing on Tuesday, announced the eight-part framework that touches on contentious topics such as Beijing’s handling of user data.
As tensions between the U. S. and China heighten over data security issues, Beijing took a proactive step to unveil a “data security initiative” that it believes can serve as “a global standard for data security.
Washington has maintained that the popular video app poses a national security threat to the U. S. because it could hand in data of American users to Beijing, a claim that TikTok has denied.
While some may dispute concepts put forward by Beijing’s new data security standard, one thing is for certain: China is continuing to push the cyber sovereignty notion, which has manifested itself in the Great Firewall and data localization rules.