China: U.S. is in wireless 'conspiracy'
By CHRIS HAWKE, Associated Press Writer
Mon May 29, 8:53 AM ET
BEIJING - The agency promoting China's wireless encryption standard has
accused a U.S. engineers' group of waging a conspiracy that led a
global organization to reject the Chinese system, the country's
official news agency said Monday.
China made the accusation in its appeal against the International
Standards Organization's decision in March to reject its encryption
system, known as WAPI, the Xinhua News Agency said.
Wireless encryption helps protect the privacy of wireless Internet
users in places like coffee shops and universities.
China has been trying to promote its own standards for mobile phones,
wireless encryption and other related fields, hoping they will give
Chinese companies an advantage in promising industries.
The Geneva-based International Standards Organization in March rejected
China's WAPI in favor of the widely used 802.11i encryption standard,
developed by the U.S.-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers, or IEEE.
China has asked the International Standards Organization to nullify its
decision due to what it calls the engineer group's "unethical
activities," such as allegedly conspiring against WAPI, insulting
China, and using intimidation and threats, Xinhua reported, without
"The serious violations are rare in ISO's standardization history,"
Xinhua quoted a statement by the official China Broadband Wireless IP
Standard Group as saying.
It said the IEEE unfairly violated International Standards Organization
rules and misled national agencies, causing them to reject the Chinese
standard, Xinhua said.
ISO has said it will investigate the case, Xinhua reported.
China dropped an effort last year to make WAPI its mandatory national
standard after the U.S. government complained that doing so would
hamper access to China's market for foreign companies.
However, Xinhua said after the ISO rejection in March that China's
government would "firmly support" the Chinese standard, and the
decision would not affect its decision on domestic use.
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