CeBIT: Chinese Leaders Call for Security Standards, Global Cooperation
NEWS ANALYSIS: In speeches at the CeBIT opening ceremonies, Chinese leaders call for international standards on security and intellectual property protection and expanded trade relations.HANNOVER, Germany—Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in a brief video speech at the CeBIT opening ceremonies on March 15 here, called for new levels of international cooperation in access to markets, and in protection of intellectual property. Li said that for China to progress in the international marketplace, China and other nations need to form a framework for cooperation. He said that he was kicking off the search for such cooperation by negotiating new levels of cooperation with Germany, starting in 2015. He was followed by an unprecedented call for international standards for data security by Vice Premier Ma Kai. Ma, who has made news by calling for reduced restrictions in commerce in China, said that for international ecommerce to succeed there must be a guarantee of data security for all users. Ma said that only by having adequate data security will countries be able to drop barriers to trade and technology. Ma said that security is a concern for all countries, and in a veiled reference to U.S. National Security Agency spying, called for international rules on data security and for the protection of intellectual property for all countries. He said that while China needs to become more open to outsiders it must be accompanied by the respect for the security of all participants.
China has the fastest growing information communications and technology market in the world, he said, and he noted that for trade to become truly international all sides must participate in respecting intellectual property, security and trade.