An American business group has called on China to improve its Internet security, ease controls on Web use by businesses and open its online industries wider to foreign participation.

The appeal by the American Chamber of Commerce in China on Wednesday adds to pressure on Beijing to embrace global Internet standards following reports of cyberspying traced to China.

Security against cyberattacks is a big deal these days

China has to get its act together

China's communist government operates an extensive Internet-monitoring system and tries to block access to material deemed subversive.

The Chamber of Commerce said companies see Internet access speed deteriorating and warned that security policies that “diverge from global practices” might hamper China's development.

The chamber appealed to Beijing to find ways to speed Internet access for businesses and to eliminate restrictions on use of foreign encryption and security software in China.

Associated Press

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