China question: What are the requirements and risks of setting up data centers or cloud servers in China?

Jun 30, 2016
As an MNC with operations in China, are we legally required to establish data centers and servers in the country? Do I need to partner with a local company or SOE? What are the risks involved in big data and cloud computing, and how do I maximize cybersecurity?
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The law firm perspective

In the era of digital information and intelligence, the internet data center (IDC) has become a key IT resource for corporate development and expansion. Multinational companies (MNCs) must manage their data centers around the world carefully to support their growing businesses. MNCs in China, in particular, need to address and understand the following issues with respect to establishing and maintaining servers while complying with local data laws:

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