China Moves to Ease Foreign Concerns on Cybersecurity Controls

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology 

China is taking a more inclusive tack in imposing cybersecurity standards on foreign technology companies, allowing them to join a key government committee in an effort to ease foreign concerns over planned domestically-set controls. The committee under the government's powerful cyberspace administration is in charge of defining cybersecurity standards. For the first time, the body earlier this year allowed select foreign companies-- Microsoft Corp. MSFT 0.42 %, Intel Corp. INTC -0.09 %, Cisco Systems Inc. CSCO 0.55 % and International Business Machines Corp.--to participate as working group members, letting them actively take part in drafting rules, rather than as observers, said people familiar with the discussions. How much influence the foreign firms will have over committee deliberations remains to be seen, these people said.