EU Firms in China Worried About Tech Security, Poll Finds

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said its members are concerned about the security of their technology systems in the country, citing a poll conducted after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officials for allegedly stealing corporate secrets.

Eighty of 100 companies responding to a survey are concerned about their information-technology systems in China, while 53 percent are more concerned about security in the country than in other regions, the EU Chamber said in an e-mail. Most members have noticed increased online censorship or slower Internet speeds in China in the past few weeks, according to the survey.

Tensions between the world’s two largest economies have escalated after U.S. prosecutors accused the Chinese military of stealing corporate secrets. The accusations drew protests from China’s government, which has since suspended involvement in a cybersecurity working group and is asking its banks to test the feasibility of replacing their International Business Machines Corp. servers with a local brand, according to people familiar with the matter.

European companies are concerned that the inability to access certain websites in China could undermine their businesses, according to the survey. China censors websites it deems inappropriate, with social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter blocked.

The EU Chamber in Beijing surveyed 100 members about information security and Internet issues in China.

— With assistance by Alexandra Ho

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