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China: US itself top threat to global cybersecurity

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo shows Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin during a press conference in Beijing, July 5, 2021.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry official has called on the international community to jointly expose attempts by the United States to jeopardize global cybersecurity.

At a regular press briefing in Beijing on Monday, Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the ministry, said that for a long time, the US had used its technological prowess to spy on its own people and the world public.

The Chinese diplomat also accused the US of stealing all kinds of data and infringe on all kinds of privacy.

"We urge the international community to jointly expose and resist the US' actions that undermine global cybersecurity and international rules," Wang said, adding, "The US is in fact the biggest threat to global cybersecurity."

Wang also highlighted Washington's well-documented track record of stealing information around the world, while cracking down on other countries' companies.

“I’ve noted reports on this. As facts have proven time and again, it is the US that has been forcing companies to install backdoors and obtaining user data in violation of relevant rules. The US itself is the top threat to global cybersecurity."

Following the 9/11 attacks, the Patriot Act required US internet companies to provide user information on a regular basis, the official said.

Microsoft Vice President Tom Burt recently said in the past five years US law enforcement agencies had issued up to 3,500 confidentiality orders annually to the company to gain access to its user data without effective supervision by US courts.

In December, France's National Commission on Informatics and Liberty said that the French sites of Google and Amazon stored users' information without their prior permission. Also, Ireland earlier asked Facebook to stop transferring EU user data to the US.

"And yet, it uses the banner of upholding cybersecurity to suppress foreign companies and tout the so-called "clean network" that excludes specific countries. Perhaps the US is convinced that it must have full liberty while others none."

"This shows clearly that the US is not truly seeking to uphold cybersecurity, but only trying to keep competitors down and maintain its hegemony in cyberspace. This stands in stark contrast with the purpose and principles of the Global Initiative on Data Security proposed by China."

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