Ms. Zeng Rong, Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, recently wrote a letter to the Financial Times on the latter’s unjustified comments on China formulating and implementing the Cyber Security Law. The Financial Times published part of the letter on 12 June 2017. The following is the full text of the Spokesperson’s letter:
FT article on May 30 (China’s cyber security law rattles multinationals) and editorial on June 2 misrepresented and made unjustified comments on China formulating and implementing the Cyber Security Law.
Cyber security laws and regulations are an important part of the national safeguard for cyber security. According to statistics, more than 90 countries in the world have enacted specialized laws to safeguard cyber security. It is a sovereign right to make laws and rules to regulate cyberspace based on the reality of the country while following international practice.
China’s Cyber Security Law is designed to safeguard cyberspace sovereignty, national security, public interest, as well as the rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations. It does not restrict the access by foreign companies or their technology and products to the Chinese market, nor does it limit the orderly, free flow of data.
During the legislation process, China fully studied and made reference to the relevant national laws and international practice. Specific articles in this law are nothing significantly different from similar laws adopted by other countries. The Chinese government has been more open and transparent than many other countries on this issue.
In the process of advancing Internet development and enhancing Internet regulation, China fully protects human rights and freedom of speech, and fully respects the people's right to be informed, to participate, to be heard and to oversee. At the same time, any person or organization should be responsible for their own words and actions on the Internet. Individual freedom should not be at the expense of others' freedom and public interests. It is the obligation of every person and organization to consciously maintain order and safeguard security in cyberspace.
China is a staunch defender of cyber security. The Chinese government will not be engaged in any form of stealing trade secrets, nor will it encourage or support enterprises to do so. China’s Cyber Security Law is aimed at protecting the lawful practice and preventing illegal activities, and as such, it will not affect the legitimate business activities of enterprises, nor will it affect the legitimate rights and interests of citizens and organizations.
Enterprises or individuals are required to observe the laws of the countries in which they operate or reside. China’s Cyber Security Law clearly stipulates that it holds no discrimination against any company, be it Chinese or foreign. There is no such thing as the law giving Chinese enterprises an unfair competitive advantage. Chinese enterprises operating abroad also have to comply with the relevant laws and regulations of the host country.
Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom