Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
Bloomberg: My question is about India. We have a report saying that India has opened a series of new bridges, many of them providing all-weather access to its disputed border with China, 8 in Ladakh province, 8 in Arunachal Pradesh and 4 in the Himalayan region. So what’s the foreign ministry’s view?
Zhao Lijian: First, China doesn’t recognize the so-called “Ladakh Union Territory” illegally set up by India or the “Arunachal Pradesh”, and opposes infrastructure building aimed at military contention in disputed border areas. Based on the consensus reached by the two sides recently, neither side should take any action that might complicate the situation at the border region, so that bilateral efforts to ease tension will not be undermined.
For a while, the Indian side has been stepping up infrastructure building and military deployment along the border with China. This is the root cause of tensions. We urge the Indian side to earnestly implement the consensus reached by the two sides, refrain from taking actions that will complicate the situation, and take concrete measures to safeguard peace and tranquility along the border.
Global Times: AFP reported that the Five Eyes, cooperating with Japan and India, demand that Signal, Telegram and some other tech companies insert “backdoors” in encrypted apps to allow law enforcement agencies the access they say they need to police online criminality. What’s your comment?
Zhao Lijian: Without any evidence, the Five Eyes have long been wantonly accusing Chinese companies of installing “backdoors” in products, which they say threaten the security of supply chains and personal privacy. However, they baldly ask companies to insert “backdoors” in encrypted apps; it is typical double standard. It not only reveals those countries’ hypocrisy, but also proves that there are political motives behind their action, and that their real intention is to suppress foreign companies.
What’s worth noting is that the Five Eyes is the world’s biggest intelligence alliance. As the alliance now openly asks telecom companies to insert “backdoors” in their products citing “policing online criminality”, it needs to answer this question: is fighting crimes or collecting intelligence its true intention? Given that the US, one of the Five Eyes, has been carrying out large-scale, indiscriminate cyber surveillance all over the world, the international community has reason to be alert to the true motive of the Five Eyes.
China recently put forward the Global Initiative on Data Security and called on ICT companies to not install backdoors in their products and services. Should need arise to obtain overseas data out of law enforcement purposes such as combating crimes, countries should do it through judicial assistance or other relevant multilateral and bilateral agreements. China calls on all countries to support the Global Initiative on Data Security, jointly formulate global rules on data security, and together safeguard cyber security.