The checks would target technology that is important to national security and the public interest, it said, citing the State Council Information Office.

A small number of governments and businesses "take advantage of technological monopolies to collect sensitive data on a large scale" from the Chinese government, business and institutions, it added, and there have been large-scale security breaches.

The report did not give details of which governments or businesses it was referring to.

US government recently charged five Chinese army officers with cyberspying and stealing trade secrets, sparking outrage from China.

(Agencies)

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