BEIJING,Xinhuanet): U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said in an interview with Reuters that he was concerned about Beijing’s plans for a counter-terrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys, the passcodes that help protect data, and install security “backdoors” in their systems to give Chinese authorities surveillance access.
China’s Foreign Ministry has responded, saying that China’s counter-terrorism law and cyber-security is China’s own internal affairs.
“Drawing up a counter-terrorism law is an important step for China to implement the rule of law. It is also a necessary requirement for the Chinese government to prevent and fight against terrorism. The contents of the law are based on the current international counter-terrorism situation and the actual needs for China’s domestic counter-terrorism work. The drafting of the law is based on the experiences and practices of many other countries. The legislation is China’s internal affairs, and we hope the US will treat this in a calm, objective and correct manner,” said Hua Chunying, spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry.
The spokeswoman recent media reports that certain country had implanted spy software in Sim card companies to impose internet surveillance have raised concerns in a number of countrys. She said China has long opposed countries to using their advantages in information technology to carry out online surveillance. She said China has been advocating and supporting draft international rules on cyber-space under the UN framework. The spokesoman hoped the US would constructively join the discussion for drafting such international rules to create a peaceful, safe, open and cooperative cyber-space.
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