Liu He & Vestager Hold Talks On Global Digital Security

The European Union has stressed the need to “uphold a global, open, stable, peaceful and secure digital environment” following its latest talks with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, reported The South China Post

The comments came after Liu held a virtual meeting with European Commission executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager last week.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi unveiled Beijing’s “Initiative on Global Data Security” as an alternative to the “Clean Network” initiative proposed by the United States.

While there was “no direct mention” of the Chinese initiative, Liu made reference to the “spirit” of it during his talks with Vestager, according to an EU official with knowledge of the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“This first high-level digital dialogue was held today in a constructive atmosphere,” Vestager said in a press statement after the meeting, adding that the two sides would “both play a role in defining how global technological developments will go forward.”

“The dialogue is therefore necessary to foster cooperation, but also to address divergences we have, like on reciprocity, data protection and fundamental rights,” she said.

Full Content: South China Morning Post

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