A man surfs Internet on his laptop computer at a cafe in Beijing Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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China played down U.S. concerns that proposed anti-terror legislation would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China's $465 billion technology market, saying Wednesday that the law is purely designed to address domestic security issues.Fu Ying, spokeswoman for China's legislature, said the legislation is in line with the kind of access to electronic communications that Western governments, including the U.S. and Britain, have sought. China's moves to strengthen cybersecurity come in the wake of revelations of widespread U.S. government surveillance, and have raised questions about the extent to which government surveillance will interfere with the ability of private companies to effectively globalize.Some say China is seeking to go no farther than the U.S. in the name of national security. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Tuesday that China hopes the U.S. will regard the new anti-terror legislation "in a calm and objective way".
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