WASHINGTON POST: Business groups appeal to China over cybersecurity law

08/12/2016

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August 12, 2016 | BY: JOE MCDONALD

A coalition of 46 business groups from the United States, Europe and Asia has appealed to China to change proposed cybersecurity rules they warn will harm trade and isolate the country.

The action adds to mounting complaints Beijing is trying to squeeze foreign competitors out of promising industries in violation of the communist government’s market-opening commitments.

In a letter to Premier Li Keqiang, the country’s top economic official, the groups warn proposed Chinese limits on information security technology might make data theft easier and violate World Trade Organization rules.

The letter represents the biggest such joint action since at least 2010, when business groups banded together to express concern over China’s controls on rare earths exports. Its signers include the Business Software Alliance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and bodies for insurers and manufacturers from Britain, Japan, Australia and Mexico.

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