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The Register: Encryption rules threaten China Win2k launch

Feb 17, 2000, 21:58 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Microsoft is facing more trouble in selling Windows 2000 in mainland China, because Chinese restrictions imposed last October forbid the use of foreign encryption products. ... But Microsoft is by no means the only company that's going to fall foul of the rules, because they effectively block virtually any imported product containing encryption, and US trade negotiators aren't happy.

Trade rep Charlene 'Ballistic' Barshefsky was yesterday demanding that China abandon the rules, describing China's attempts to control the use of the Internet as futile. One can't help recalling how sensitive the US has historically been over encryption export, and the many efforts the Feds have made to introduce systems that will allow them to, er, control the use of the Internet and snoop on traffic. It's only been legal for US companies to export 128-bit encryption since 14 January, yet now the trade reps are demanding that overseas customers buy it."

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