News Highlights: China, Indonesia strengthen ties to develop cyber security capacity and technology.
JAKARTA, Jan. 24 (Agencies): China and Indonesia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop Internet security capacity building and technical cooperation, the first of its kind Internet security agreement China has signed with another country.
The MOU, which will provide a framework for cooperation in developing cybersecurity capabilities and technology, was signed during the official visit of China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Indonesia, according to a statement posted on the website of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs last week.
During Wang’s meeting with Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinator for cooperation with China, Wang noted that both countries must jointly maintain digital security and create a shared community focused on cyber security, the statement said.
According to the MOU, the participants, between the National Cyber and Crypto Agency of Indonesia and the Cyberspace Administration of China, would uphold the principle of respect for state sovereignty over cyberspace and work together to establish a multilateral, democratic and transparent international Internet governance system, data security and building a peaceful, secure, open, cooperative, accountable and orderly cyberspace and ICT development.
Indonesian Cyber Research Institute for Communication and Information Systems Security Research Center (CISSReC) (CISSReC) cybersecurity expert, Pratama Persadha, said Indonesia-China cooperation on internet security and technology is the right step, as long as it is mutually is. favorable.
In addition, China is currently recognized as one of the leading countries in the development of 5G networks through a number of technology companies.
Pratama said, “Indonesia must in principle be able to act neutrally as there must be pressure from the US. As a sovereign country, Indonesia is definitely free to cooperate with anyone as long as it benefits the people ”.
Pratama hopes that the development of internet network infrastructure will accelerate, especially since Indonesia already has an internet backbone, namely the Palapa Ring.
With the addition of Huawei’s 5G technology, he said, it could accelerate the development of 5G infrastructure in the country. He gave an example of how China built Shenzhen as a city that makes good use of 5G technology.
Meanwhile, IT expert Onno W Purbo said it was no problem for Indonesia to cooperate with China. Most importantly, he said, Indonesia must remain independent.
“We can work together, but are not dependent on other countries, including the US, Europe and China. Indonesia is trying to be independent by at least producing its own technology, ”said Onno.
Industry analysts expected the deal to bolster mutual trust in Internet security, including terms about mutual openness of the telecom market and, most importantly, commitments that one country will not ask its companies to provide a back door to seize intelligent information from the other. take.
With a GDP of about US $ 1 trillion, Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia and its move could have some effect on the other SEA countries. Analysts say this deal is likely to attract more economically neutral SEA countries.
“The cyber security deal with Indonesia will set an example for other SEA economies, especially given the backdrop of closer economic ties between China and SEA countries benefiting both sides,” Ma Jihua, an experienced industry analyst, told the Global Times. – Agencies
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