Microsoft joining China's cybersecurity council paves the way for better relations between the two largest internet markets

August 30, 2016
Business Insider

China is allowing foreign technology companies to join a key government committee in an effort to ease foreign concerns over its strict cybersecurity policies, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

The inclusion of Western tech companies on the cybersecurity committee paves the way for better relations between the two largest internet markets.

China is hoping that the committee will improve its international standing as a technological hub, giving it more sway in future cyber policy making. The agency, called the Technical Committee 260 (TC260), is tasked with defining what technologies are “secure and controllable.” This includes deciding whether China will adopt standards that challenge from international standards. 

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