1st Exclusive High Level Dialogue: China-EU Cybersecurity and 5G Cooperation

China EU Dialogues 2019 Cybersecurity

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This is the first China-EU Dialogue, on the crucial topic of Cybersecurity, forming part of our sponsored China-EU Dialogues section. This dialogue is made of today’s world exclusive OpEds at The Sting written solely for our unique Cybersecurity dialogue by China’s and EU’s top authorities in Brussels on Cybersecurity: China’s Ambassador to EU, HE Mr. Zhang Ming, the Vice-President of the European Commission Mr. Andrus Ansip for the Digital Single Market, the European Commissioner Ms. Mariya Gabriel for Digital Economy and Society, Ms. Angelika Niebler, EPP’s prominent MEP and Cybersecurity Rapporteur, Ms. Miriam Dalli, S&D’s prominent MEP and Ms. Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General of EU’s Consumer Organisation, BEUC.


Part I – Agreement on Global Cybersecurity

 

Ambassador Zhang Ming of Chinese Mission to EU

Ambassador Zhang Ming

 

“It is a sad truth that our world is imbued with security challenges. Cyber insecurity is one of them and has been with us ever since the invention of the Internet…I could not think of any company which would like to ruin itself by being slack on security issues. China has always been committed to fighting all forms of cyber crimes.”

 

 

 

Ansip 2019 European Union

Vice-President Ansip

“Malicious cyber-activity has proliferated across the globe. It has become more brazen and sophisticated, imaginative and international…Fighting them requires an intense response, constant vigilance and more resources than before.”

 

 

Part II – Agreement on 5G 

 

Ambassador Zhang Ming of Chinese Mission to EU

Ambassador Zhang Ming

“5G technology is a product of global innovation and cooperation. Its industrial, supply and value chains are so widely spread and interlinked that almost everyone has a stake in it…It is perfectly understandable to see unease about the potential vulnerability of 5G, as it is indeed opening a brand new horizon in our daily life. No country can afford to be naïve on this. For each and every 5G company, meeting high security standards holds the key to customer trust and sustainable development.”

 

 

 

MEP Angelika Niebler 2019
Ms. Angelika Niebler is Germany’s prominent MEP for EPP and the European Parliament’s Cybersecurity Rapporteur.
“Over 80% of the EU’s population have internet connections and by 2020 the vast majority of our digital interactions will be machine to machine with tens of billions of internet of things-devices…In the last year, 80% of European companies fell victim to at least one cybersecurity incident. In some Member States, half of all crimes committed are cybercrimes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ms Ursula Pachl, BEUC’s Deputy Director General.

“According to estimates there will be 75 billion connected devices globally in 2025. More and more traditional consumer products that can connect to the Internet (the Internet of Things) are coming to the market: cars, baby monitors, fridges, toys, washing machines, tooth brushes just to name a few. Connected devices could bring potential advances, for instance making services more convenient…However, these new products also carry risks – risks related to our physical safety, loss of personal data, 24/7 surveillance by business, payment fraud and others.”

 

 

 

 

MEP dalli 2019

Ms. Miriam Dalli, Malta’s prominent MEP for S&D, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

 

“70% of citizens in Europe use the Internet every day – to communicate, to entertain, to shop, to learn, to work and to invest. Whilst offering a world of opportunities, the borderless digital environment brings with it challenges that, if unaddressed, will continue to pose serious threats.”

 

 

 

 

 

Part III – Agreement on EU Cybersecurity 

 

Ambassador Zhang Ming of Chinese Mission to EU

Ambassador Zhang Ming

 

 

“The EU has over the years taken substantial steps to protect cyber security and data privacy…China and the EU have a wide range of shared interests in defending cyber security.”

 

 

 

 

Ansip 2019 European Union

Vice-President Ansip

“At a time when cyber-attacks are on the rise, strengthening cybersecurity and trust in the digital society and economy is a top priority for the European Union…This is the aim of the Cybersecurity Act…This strengthens the EU’s collective cyber-resilience, as well as people’s trust and confidence in the online environment – fundamental for the Digital Single Market to work properly.”

 

 

 

 

Gabriel European Commission

EU Commissioner Gabriel

“Cybersecurity is high priority for the European Union and the European Commission will continue its efforts for a safer digital future for the citizens and businesses of Europe…The European Cybersecurity Act will help us step up our cybersecurity in the EU.” 

 

 

 

MEP Angelika Niebler 2019

Ms. Angelika Niebler is Germany’s prominent MEP for EPP and the European Parliament’s Cybersecurity Rapporteur.

“The European Parliament worked hard to ensure a strong European response to the increasing number of threats…As the responsible rapporteur for the Cybersecurity Act in the European Parliament, I took these developments and risks very seriously and made it my mission to make sure that the European Union is acting together to create more cyber-resilience.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEP dalli 2019
Ms. Miriam Dalli, Malta’s prominent MEP for S&D, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

“It must be emphasised that the Union has been proactive in dealing with cyber-crime, mostly through the enactment of legislation and encouraging Member States and authorities to support cross-border cooperation…To deal with cyber-attacks and to build strong cybersecurity in the EU, the Cybersecurity Act includes a permanent mandate for ENISA.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part IV – Conclusion: Stronger Cybersecurity with China-EU cooperation

 

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Ms Ursula Pachl, BEUC’s Deputy Director General.

 

“Problems not solved with the Cybersecurity Act…Insecure connected products can still end up on the market.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Zhang Ming of Chinese Mission to EU

Ambassador Zhang Ming

“To keep our cyberspace safe and secure, more action is needed from both public and private sectors, and global cooperation and coordination is the only right way to go. It is even more so in a 5G era…To enhance communication on cyber security, we need to put into good use the existing dialogue mechanisms, be it multilateral ones within the United Nations or bilateral ones between China and the EU.”

 

 

 

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Ms Ursula Pachl, BEUC’s Deputy Director General.

 

“The UK Government Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security is a leading national example which can make a difference.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Zhang Ming of Chinese Mission to EU

Ambassador Zhang Ming

“Some European friends have a misperception of China’s National Intelligence Law.  It provides that China’s intelligence work must be law-based, give full respect to human rights and uphold the legitimate rights and interests of individuals and organizations, while it stipulates that individuals and organizations shall support and assist with national intelligence work. Therefore, it is advisable to look at the law in a holistic way rather than in a one-sided and out-of-context way. The Chinese government calls on Chinese companies operating overseas to strictly observe laws and regulations of the host country, has and will never ask Chinese companies to engage in illegal activities…5G technology is a product of global innovation and cooperation…Drawing an iron curtain would therefore have an impact on all, Chinese, Europeans, Americans, and others alike. Such an attempt would upset global economic and scientific cooperation, undermine the principles of free trade and fair competition, disrupt market order, and eventually, hurt the interests of every consumer…China stands ready to work together with the EU toward a 5G era for the prosperity of all.”

Editorial Note: The opinions forming part of this dialogue belong to our distinguished exclusive writers. Today’s original OpEds, which were exclusively published and authored for The Sting by these high level contributors can be accessed by clicking on their photo.


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