Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the initiative in Beijing on Tuesday at a seminar on global digital governance.
He said mounting risks for cyber security threaten national security, public interests and personal rights.
The move comes amid a deterioration in U.S.China relations encompassing trade tensions and competition in telecommunications and artificial intelligence technologies, with the U.S. accusing Chinese technology companies of threatening American national security.
“Bent on unilateral acts, a certain country keeps making groundless accusations against others in the name of ‘clean’ networks and used security as a pretext to prey on enterprises of other countries who have a competitive edge,” Wang said, according to a transcript of his speech released by the ministry. “Such blatant acts of bullying must be opposed and rejected.”
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