Syria backs China's global initiative on data security

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The Syrian government on Saturday expressed support for the China-proposed Global Initiative on Data Security that aims to tackle issues emerging in the field of data security.

In a statement carried by state news agency SANA, the Syrian foreign ministry said that in light of the information revolution, digital economy, and within the framework of keenness on data security, the Syrian government strongly backs the Chinese initiative on data security.

The initiative, it said, will work on maintaining an open, secure, and stable supply chain, as well as oppose destroying essential infrastructure and misusing information technology for other countries.

The ministry's statement further hailed the initiative as "an additional step taken by China towards a world dominated by equality in opportunities, justice, freedom and respect and protection of nations and ideas."

The initiative deserves the support of all countries keen on the security of global data and the development of the digital economy, it added.

On Sept. 8, China proposed its global initiative on data security to respond to new issues and challenges emerging in the field of data security and contribute to global digital governance.

The proposal was made when Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the International Seminar on Global Digital Governance via video link.

Wang said as the digital economy is thriving in China, the country has played a constructive role in multilateral discussions on data security including at the United Nations, the Group of 20, BRICS, and the ASEAN Regional Forum.

"We look forward to the active participation of all parties," he said.

According to Wang, the initiative is comprised of eight key points. He suggested that states should handle data security in a comprehensive, objective, and evidence-based manner, and maintain an open, secure, and stable supply chain of global information and communications technology products and services. 

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