Newscast BEIJING—China on Monday decided to suspend activities of the China-U.S.
Cyber Working Group as the U.S. announced indictments against five Chinese military
officers on allegation of cyber theft.
“Given the lack of sincerity on the part of the U.S. to solve issues related to cyber
security through dialogue and cooperation, China has decided to suspend activities of
the China-U.S. Cyber Working Group,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang
regarding the U.S. Justice Department’s announcement on Monday.
The US side announced on Monday indictments against five Chinese military officers
on allegations of cyber theft. China lodged a protest with the US side right after the
announcement, urging the US side to immediately correct its mistakes and withdraw
the “indictment”, he said.
The position of the Chinese government on cyber security is consistent and
clear-cut. China is steadfast in upholding cyber security. The Chinese government,
the Chinese military and their relevant personnel have “never engaged or participated”
in cyber theft of trade secrets. The U.S. accusation against Chinese personnel is
“purely ungrounded and with ulterior purpose,” Qin said.
China has, on many occasions, made serious representations with the U.S. side, Qin
said, “We once again strongly urge the U.S. side to make a clear explanation of what
it has done and immediately stop such kind of activities.”
Qin warned that China would react further to the U.S. “indictment” as the situation
Newscast Media BRUSSELS—A Chinese diplomat slammed a U.S. congressman’s
remarks on Chinese cyber espionage, saying they were “ridiculous” and a diversion of
attention from the controversial U.S. spy program.
“Remarks of this kind are ridiculous,” said the spokesperson for the Chinese Mission to
the European Union. “The PRISM issue has drawn worldwide attention. Its impact is
worthy of rethinking.”
“We hope that relevant parties could take it seriously and address their own problems
properly rather than attempt to divert the concerns of the international community by
making unprofessional and irresponsible accusations,” the spokesperson said.
Last week, U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers told members of the European Parliament in
Brussels that if the EU continued the muddling of debate on the U.S. snooping on
European citizens and institutions, it may help China spy on European and American
Rogers also claimed that Chinese cyber espionage has already cost the U.S. economy
400 billion U.S. dollars. The spokesperson noted that China’s position on the cyber security
issue is clear-cut.
“We oppose hacking and cyber attack of whatever form. We call upon the
international community to actively conduct dialogue and cooperation in the spirit of
mutual respect and mutual trust, and formulate international cyberspace code of
conduct under the UN framework,” the spokesperson said.
“The communication channels related to cyber security between China and the U.S.,
as well as China and the EU remain unimpeded. We look forward to seeing relevant
parties join us and make constructive efforts in tackling cyber security challenges,”
the spokesperson added.