ITI Commends WAPI Delay

Information Technology Industry Council commends the Chinese government for its decision to delay implementation of the WLAN encryption standard WAPI

April 22, 2004

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WASHINGTON -- The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) today commended the government of the Peoples Republic of China for their decision not to implement the unique Chinese wireless LAN encryption standard ("WAPI"), which was set to go into effect on June 1, 2004 . At a press conference held by U.S. Commerce Secretary Don Evans and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick tonight, Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi announced that China will indefinitely delay implementation of the standard, which had generated increasing concern within the international technology community. China 's decision followed a high-level discussion between U.S. and Chinese officials at the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting in Washington . Both governments are to be commended for their continued efforts to resolve this important issue.

"This is a very positive outcome for our trade relationship with China ," said ITI President Rhett Dawson. "The decision by the Chinese to continue to develop the WAPI standard through the international standards process will benefit the Chinese and global industry, and consumers everywhere. Being able to use the Internet anytime, anywhere is key to future productivity and Wi-Fi is one of the key wedge technologies that allow us to link not just people to people, or people to machine, but machine to machine.

"With China being the fastest growing technology market, the commitment of the Chinese government to work this issue in the international standards community is an important one," added Dawson . "From the US industry's perspective, we look forward to working with the Chinese government to help make this a reality."

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