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Wang Yi: China Proposes to Make Universally-accepted Global Data Security Rules


On September 11, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks when answering questions about the Chinese side's "Global Initiative on Data Security" during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Noting that the initiative proposed by the Chinese side has drawn attention from across the world, Wang Yi said, many countries have described the initiative as constructive and said they will carefully study it. It is widely believed that the initiative does not evade problems but directly responds to the common concerns of the international community, and puts forward solutions to major data security issues of common concern to all parties.

Wang Yi added, the Russian side attaches importance to the Chinese side's initiative and welcomes the Chinese side's efforts to strengthen global data security. In fact, the Chinese side and the Russian side have been engaged in multilateral and bilateral cooperation to safeguard data and cyber security, and this cooperation will continue. At an annual China-ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Foreign Ministers' Meeting two days earlier, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin whose country holds country coordinator for China-ASEAN relations said that the Chinese side's proposal reflects the common concerns of countries worldwide and that ASEAN countries attach great importance to it and are ready to work with the Chinese side to strengthen cooperation on global digital governance and cyber security.

Wang Yi stressed, China believes that with time this initiative will definitely be recognized and supported by more and more countries. The Chinese side is ready to work with all countries holding the same or similar positions to push forward this process. Noting that there are some speculations on the initiative, Wang Yi emphasized, the Chinese side does not merely focus on proving its innocence and honesty on data security, but considers more on how to effectively safeguard global data and cyber security, to truly stop the behavior of exploiting cyber technology to arbitrarily monitor other countries, or even to infringe on the privacy of personal information. The Chinese side's purpose is crystal clear, that is, to call on all countries to join hands to create universally-accepted global data security rules, to forge a peaceful, safe, open and cooperative cyberspace, to promote the healthy development of digital economy, and to contribute to the progress of human society.

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