Economic Daily calls out U.S. for cyber-security double standards
By Gong zhe

The double standards of the United States on cyber-security are "laughable," said Chinese state-owned newspaper Economic Daily.

"The U.S. has one of the most censored and inspected networks. They put overly strict censorship on foreign-funded enterprises while accusing China's efforts on cyber-security," the newspaper said in a recent opinion piece.

Wang Ruiping, the author of the piece, listed three Chinese regulations the U.S. is unsatisfied with.

The first is the Network Security Law, which went into effect in June 2017, and requires foreign companies to store private data of Internet users in China on local servers.

U.S. companies like Apple responded by moving related iCloud data to southwest China's Guizhou Province, which resulted in fewer cases of "blank" App Store giving and a better experience for users of locally-registered iPhones.

But other companies worried the government may ask for too much access to sensitive data and refused to comply with the law, which of course resulted in worsened user experience.

Two years after the law went into effect, concerns proved to have been misplaced.

The Economic Daily article pointed out to the fact that the U.S. also asks foreign telecom companies to protect "U.S. records" and make them "available" for the government. The records include information of U.S. users and business data of the companies.

The second and third regulations are still drafts. One is about how China will conduct cyber-security reviews, and the other regards security during cross-border data transfer.

"These are normal regulations that major countries around the world have. None of the regulations is unique," the article said. "For example, in the communications industry, the U.S. has a complicated and strict system to regulate foreign companies."

Any telecom company that has more than 10 percent of foreign investment must go through a government inspection to conduct business. The inspection is done by "Team Telecom" under the authorization of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The team usually includes members from the DOJ, DOD, DHS and the FBI.

In conclusion, the article said, it's ironic for the U.S. to complain about China's improvement of its legal system while having the same laws and regulations in place for years.