I want to point out that effective counter-terrorism measures go hand in hand with the protection of human rights. The Chinese government attaches great importance to finding a balance between combating terrorism and protecting human rights. Efforts will be made to regulate law enforcement and protect the lawful rights and interests of citizens and organizations. We call on the US to stop its unfounded accusations.
With the development of information technology, the internet has been increasingly used by terrorists as a major tool to organize, plot and conduct terrorist activities. It is imperative for us to prevent and crack down on cyber-enabled terrorist crimes by enhancing relevant institutional measures. With the aim of fighting terrorism, countries including the US have provided in relevant legislation the duty of assistance of network operators and service providers. For example, in the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and other relevant laws, the US states in explicit terms that relevant companies shall offer assistance to law enforcement agencies in lawful interception and decryption of encrypted communication.
China's anti-terrorism law stipulates that teleservice operators and network service providers shall provide technical support such as technical interface and decryption to public and national security organs in their missions to prevent and investigate terrorist activities. It is totally justified. This term will not restrict companies' lawful business, nor will it leave a backdoor open or infringe companies' intellectual property right and citizens' freedom of expression on line.