May 15, 2018

Washington, D.C. – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, appreciates the effort to continue U.S.-China trade discussions and urges the Trump Administration to seek commitments from Chinese Vice Premier Liu He during his visit to Washington this week.

“This round of face-to-face negotiations between the Trump Administration and China are an important opportunity to advance our trade objectives. American consumers should not be punished for China’s bad behavior with tariffs,” said ITI CEO and President Dean Garfield.

“Instead, the administration should seek specific commitments – including accountability mechanisms and timelines for implementation – from Vice Premier Liu this week. Such commitments should increase market access and address policies and practices that may lead to the disclosure of IP, source code, or other sensitive business information.”

Specifically, the Trump Administration should secure the following commitments from China to rebalance the U.S.-China bilateral trade relationship:

China should allow cross-border data transfers and ensure that the Cybersecurity Law implementing measures and standards foster cross-border data transfers.

China will provide U.S. cloud service providers with full and non-discriminatory market access, including the ability to obtain, as a wholly foreign entity or majority foreign partner, all necessary licenses in China and use of U.S. company brand names; such policy changes should be addressed in related draft and current regulations.

China should halt all draft measures and standards that require or encourage the disclosure of IP, source code, or enterprise standards.

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