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Dual approach to safeguard telecom security

By Qiao Xinsheng | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2023-08-07 07:12
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A shopper tries out Huawei's HarmonyOS products at a store in Beijing. [MAO XUQIAN/FOR CHINA DAILY]

China has decided to build the 6G mobile communication network, following the comprehensive development of the 5G technology network, so as to secure operation of wireless communication.

China may have lagged behind the advanced countries in the development of telecom technology, from 1G to 4G.But it leads the world in 5G. In fact, it has built the world's largest 5G technology network, and leads the world in the field of mobile communication.

Unable to digest China's evident technological advantage in 5G, the United States has imposed sanctions on Chinese companies, such as Huawei, which are world leaders in 5G technology. As such, Huawei, which holds many patents in 5G, is under unprecedented pressure.

The 5G technology has completely changed the telecom security landscape, preventing the US from leveraging its advantages in information and communications technology to pursue global hegemony.

In the past, the US often used its advanced technology to spy on many countries' leaders, businesspeople and other entities, in order to consolidate its dominance in the field of communication. But since it became clear that China has gained a lead in 5G, the US is finding it increasingly difficult to gather intelligence against other countries. In desperation, therefore, Washington launched a smear campaign against China, claiming China's 5G technology and equipment pose a security risk to not only the US but also other countries.

Many focus solely on the speed with which 5G enables information to be disseminated while overlooking its advantage in safeguarding communication security. The 5G networks have not only increased network communication speed and transformed the traditional technological development path but also, and more importantly, provided better safeguards for communication security.

China recognizes the importance of establishing a legal framework to better protect communication security and freedom. That's why it attaches great importance to safeguarding 6G security, and has taken measures to ensure that enterprises involved in 5G's development and application strictly adhere to the law.

China has enacted a series of laws, including the National Security Law, Cybersecurity Law and Personal Information Protection Law, and taken additional measures to boost the development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) technology to better tackle cybersecurity issues that may arise due to the advancement of AI. China's objective is to prevent risks and ensure the reliability and safeguard the security of next-generation communication networks.

Hence, China has tightened supervision in the telecom market and taken strict actions against entities that infringe upon consumers' rights and interests and endanger national security.

In fact, China's research and development in 6G has laid a solid foundation for strengthening China's cybersecurity, which will better protect consumers' legitimate rights and interests, and help maintain national security. The development of 6G will help safeguard China's network security, with the country's comprehensive legal system for cybersecurity playing a key role in protecting telecom network security.

China adheres to openness, and encourages all countries to engage in cooperation to safeguard regional and global telecom security. By promoting innovations and overcoming the challenges in the field of cybersecurity, and establishing scientific network technology standards and legal systems, China aims to better safeguard the rights and interests of enterprises and individuals.

The author is a professor of law at the Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.

The views don't necessarily reflect those of China Daily.

 

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