China is launching an initiative to set global standards on data security, countering US efforts to persuade countries to ringfence their networks from Chinese technology, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
Under its "Global Initiative on Data Security," China would call on all countries to handle data security in a "comprehensive, objective and evidence-based manner," the Journal said, citing a draft that it had reviewed.
The initiative would urge countries to oppose "mass surveillance against other states" and call on tech companies not to install "backdoors in their products and services to illegally obtain users' data, control or manipulate usersâ€™ systems and devices."
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to announce the initiative on Tuesday at a seminar in Beijing on global digital governance, the report said.
Chinese diplomats have approached a number of foreign governments to seek their support for Beijing's new initiative, according to the report.
The administration of US President Donald Trump in recent months has tightened its restrictions on Chinese companies, citing national security concerns.
Washington also rolled out a "Clean Network" initiative to exclude Chinese tech firms perceived as threatening national security.