A 5G-supported intelligent robot works at the administration service centre on August 14, 2020 in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province of China. China announced a new global data security program, which seemed at least in part to be in response to restrictions or outright banning by Western allies of the use of Chinese telecommunication equipment manufacturer Huawei's wares in local 5G infrastructure. (Photo by Chen Yongjian/VCG via Getty Images)

China announced a comprehensive global data security program Tuesday, proposing many of the same international norms agreed upon by Western nations already, while protecting China's interest in balkanizing the internet.

State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed the "Global Data Security Initiative" in a statement translated here by the New America think tank. According to Wang, the goal of the initiative is to allow countries to operate their own legal regimes so long as all companies can enter markets under the same rules, all while globally protecting information security.

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