China hits US on wireless 'conspiracy'

The agency promoting China's wireless encryption standard has accused a US engineers' group of waging a conspiracy that has led a global organization to reject the Chinese system, an Associated Press report, quoting state-owned media, said.
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.
According to the report, 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 US-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, the report said.
China had asked the International Standards Organization to nullify its decision due to what it called the engineer group's "unethical activities," such as allegedly conspiring against WAPI, insulting China, and using intimidation and threats, Xinhua reported, without elaborating.

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