United States asks China to implement its new cyber security law

Vastavam web: The United States has asked China not to implement its new cyber security law over concerns it could damage global trade in services, a U.S. document published by the World Trade Organization showed on Tuesday.China ushered in a tough new cyber security law in June, following years of fierce debate around the move that many foreign business groups fear will hit their ability to operate in the country.“China’s measures would disrupt, deter, and in many cases, prohibit cross-border transfers of information that are routine in the ordinary course of business,” it said.
“The United States has been communicating these concerns directly to high level officials and relevant authorities in China,” the U.S. document said, adding it wanted to raise awareness among WTO members about the potential impact on trade.China’s Ambassador to the WTO Zhang Xiangchen spoke on Tuesday at a WTO conference panel on trade protectionism, which he said was an underestimated problem that was causing a crisis at the WTO.
The two-page U.S. document said the measures causing concern included the Cybersecurity Law adopted in November 2016 … and the July 2015 National Security Law.China is seeking to require companies to store all data within China and pass security reviews, fitting China’s ethos of “cyber sovereignty” the idea that states should be permitted to govern and monitor their own cyberspace, controlling incoming and outgoing data flows.“Companies located outside of China supplying services on a cross-border basis would be severely affected, as they must depend on access to data from their customers in China.”