Response to media query by Spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in India Counselor Ji Rong on Indian media report related to Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Company

Q: Recently, it is reported in Indian media that Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Information Technology Co., Ltd., with links to the Chinese government, is monitoring over 10000 Indian individuals and entities including Indian politicians in its global database. What is your comment on this?

A: On this question, the relevant company has already made a public response, making clear that the media report about their company is untrue at all. What I want to stress is that Zhenhua is a private company and has no links to the Chinese government. There are many foreign companies engaged in such similar business. Relevant report makes groundless accusations on the “presumption of guilt”, purely trying to find excuses aiming to blame others.

I would like to reiterate that China has always been a staunch defender of cyber security. The Cyber Security Law of the People's Republic of China stipulates that network operators carrying out business and service activities must follow laws and administrative regulations, respect social morality, abide by commercial ethics, be honest and credible, perform obligations to protect cyber security. Network operators collecting and using personal information shall abide by the principles of legality, propriety, and necessity. Individuals or organizations must not steal or use other illegal methods to acquire personal information.

Some forces with ulterior motives hype up the so-called “China watching and manipulating data”, which is a part of planned and premeditated strategy to suppress, contain and smear China. China has proposed the Global Initiative on Data Security. We call on all parties to work with China to make tangible efforts to truly safeguard global data security and build a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyber space.

Regarding some Indian media's intensive coverage of untrue information on Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Company in recent days, China and India have maintained communication on this issue. China is willing to work with Indian side to enhance cooperation to jointly maintain cyber security and create good atmosphere for the development of bilateral relations.

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