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Obama "concerned" over China's restrictive practices

Monday, March 02, 2015 - 01:38

U.S. President Obama tells Reuters that China has laws working through the system that would force U.S. tech companies to ''turn over to the Chinese government mechanisms where they could snoop'' on users. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama in a one-on-one interview with Reuters says China has laws working their way through the system that would force U.S. tech companies to "turn over to the Chinese government mechanisms where they could snoop" on users. "I am concerned. This is something I've raised directly with President Xi, and my entire foreign policy team, as well as people like Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew and Secretary of the Commerce Penny Pritzker have raised with them. They've got a couple of laws that are working their way through the system that would essentially force all foreign companies, including U.S. companies to turn over to the Chinese government mechanisms where they could snoop and keep track of all the users of those services. And as you might imagine, tech companies are not going to be willing to do that. Those kinds of restrictive practices I think would, ironically, hurt the Chinese economy over the long term because I don't think there's any U.S. or European firm, any international firm that can credibly get away with that wholesale turning over of data, personal data, over to a government. So we've made very clear to them that this is something they are going to have to change if they expect to do business with the United States," Obama said.

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Obama "concerned" over China's restrictive practices

Monday, March 02, 2015 - 01:38