Chinese officials distributed a document earlier this summer to some American tech firms asking them to pledge not to harm national security, store Chinese user data on the mainland and ensure their products are “secure and controllable,” a catchphrase industry groups said could be used to allow third-party access to their systems or even hand over source code, The New York Times reported, citing three unnamed sources. Next week, Beijing has also planned a tech forum in Seattle between China’s Internet czar, Lu Wei, and tech companies including Apple, Facebook, IBM, Google and Uber.
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