China To Protect Its IT Sector from NSA
May 24, 2014 • 11:48AM

Just as Sergey Glazyev has proposed taking the U.S. and EU sanctions as a blessing in disguise, to spur a return to sovereign economic controls and to launch creditary development policies, so China has responded to the insane Obama indictments of five People's Liberation Army officers for spying on the world's biggest spy by moving to prevent the U.S. National Security Agency spying, and to set up their own IT systems where they still depend on western firms. The Chinese government announced today that it will establish new procedures to assess potential security problems with Internet technology and services used by sectors "related to national security and the public interest," reported Xinhua today.

The procedures will "stipulate Internet security assessments for important Internet information technology products and their suppliers entering the Chinese marketplace," according to Jiang Jun, a spokesman for the State Internet Information Office. The move is intended to "prevent product suppliers illegally controlling, interfering in or interrupting user systems, or illegally collecting, storing, handling, or exploiting information about users."

"Products and services that do not meet security requirements will be excluded from use in China," Xinhua said. "The vetting will focus on IT products and services used in communications, finance, energy, and other key industries that concern national security, and public interests," Li Jingchun, an engineer with China's National Research Center for Information Technology Security, told Xinhua. The companies affected could include Cisco Systems, IBM, and Microsoft, suggested a commentary about the new policy on the website of China Daily, although clearly it will include all the companies which have been exposed by Edward Snowden to have been turned into fronts for the NSA spying worldwide.

The new procedures may oblige such companies to share sensitive data and technology, such as encryption processes—a demand that has been a source of trade and commercial friction with China in the past, said Duncan Clark, chairman of BDA China, which advises investors on the Chinese high-tech and Internet sectors.

The proposed vetting rules appear to have been under preparation for some time, according to Xinhua, but the timing of the announcement is clear.