Global Times, a Chinese newspaper under the People’s Daily, recently reported that the British government asked a number of departments to stop installing surveillance cameras related to China in sensitive buildings, citing security risks. The Cabinet Office of the British government stated in a written request submitted to Parliament that it was asking all departments under its jurisdiction to prohibit these installations, “given the threat to the UK, and the increasing capability and interoperability of these systems, we need additional controls.” The UK government’s new rules, which apply to surveillance camera equipment made by companies subject to Chinese security regulations, include instructing departments to disconnect such equipment from core computer networks and consider removing it entirely. This is not the first time the UK has cracked down on Chinese surveillance products. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning said at a press conference in response to this matter that China firmly opposes some people’s generalization of the concept of national security and their unreasonable suppression of Chinese companies. Ne also said that in addition, the Chinese government will firmly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies.
Source: Global Times, November 25, 2022