May 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector representing the world’s leading technology companies, released the following statement today on the Trump Administration’s announced Initial Actions of the U.S.-China Economic Cooperation 100-Day Plan as 54 trade associations spanning 11 countries joined together in a letter calling on the Chinese government to delay implementation of the country’s cybersecurity law:

“While we are pleased to see that both sides identified actions to stabilize and enhance the bilateral economic relationship, we urge the Trump Administration to address persistent concerns with the Chinese government when it comes to tech sector market access interests,” ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield said. “We are concerned that China’s laws and regulations will impose technical barriers to trade, severely restrict U.S. cloud providers’ access to the Chinese market, and potentially weaken cybersecurity. We encourage the U.S. and Chinese governments to address these issues with concrete actions through the mechanisms agreed upon by Presidents Trump and Xi during their meetings in April.”

There are wide-spread concerns about the implementation of China’s Cybersecurity Law. In the letter, the groups signal their belief that the rules will weaken security and fracture markets by effectively erecting trade barriers along national boundaries and across industry sectors that rely on information technology goods and services to conduct business.

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Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity, Trade & Investment