Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2018/12/21

Q: The US Department of Justice indicted two Chinese nationals on charges including conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, accusing China of undermining the US cyber-security for a long time. What is your comment?

A: In response to the erroneouswords and actions made by the US side on the cyber-security issue, China has made clear its stern position at the earliest time possible.

The US side fabricated stories out of nothing and made unwarranted accusations against China on the cyber-security issue. It "indicted" two Chinese nationals on the grounds of the so-called "cyber stealing". This move, with its egregious nature, has gravely violated the basic norms governing international relations and seriously damaged China-US cooperation. The Chinese side strongly opposes this and has lodged stern representations with the US side.

The Chinese government holds a consistent and clear position on the cyber-security issue. China is a staunch defender of cyber-security and has been firmly opposing and cracking down on all forms of cyber espionage. The Chinese government has never participated in or supported others in stealing commercial secrets in any form.

It has long been an open secret that relevant departments in the US have been engaging in large-scale and organized cyber stealing, spying and surveillance activities on foreign governments, enterprises and individuals. The US side making unwarranted criticisms of China in the name of so-called "cyber stealing" is blaming others while oneself is to be blamed, and this is self-deception. China absolutely cannot accept this.

We urge the US side to immediately correct its wrongdoings, stop defaming and discrediting China on the cyber-security issue, and withdraw its so-called indictment against the Chinese nationals so as to avoid seriously damaging bilateral relations and cooperation in relevant fields. China will take necessary measures to resolutely safeguard its cyber-security and interests.

I would like to add a few points here:

The US side was used to citing various anonymous sources or numbers that are "seemingly real" to accuse China of various things, which were later all proven wrong. This is nothing new. Not long ago, the Bloomberg Businessweek reported that Chinese hackers implanted microchips in the products of some of the US companies, including Apple and Amazon, to steal and channel out information. But Apple, Amazon and Supermicro all denied this story as soon as they could. Apple demanded a retraction of the report. Amazon said that there were many inaccuracies in the report, and no tampered hardware or problems arising from malware have been found. Supermicro said that the third-party's report did not identify any issues with suspicious chips or malware after a full review. We heard that Supermicro still reserves its right to pursue legal liabilities or take legal actions. Even the US Department of Homeland Security has publicly acknowledged that there was no evidence to prove that China has done such things. This time, the US side issued a so-called "indictment" on two Chinese people on the grounds of so-called "cyber-stealing", accusing them of infiltrating into the IBM and HP Enterprise. But I saw reports saying that the IBM has clarified in a statement saying that there is no evidence that sensitive IBM or client data has been compromised by China.

The US is the world's No.1 superpower. But it is filled with arrogance and selfishness. It has been leaving no stones unturned to suppress other countries' legitimate development rights because of its narrow-mindedness and zero-sum mindset in order to preserve its hegemony. It has gone so far to fabricate stories out of nothing. This is not what a superpower is supposed to do. A US like this augurs badly for world peace and development. In a long-term view, it is not helping its own interests.

Whether it is on cyber-security issue or on the so-called freedom of navigation that has been brought up before, some people in the US are so used to hurling groundless accusations at China and pinning various labels on us. Maybe they are convinced that "lies repeated a thousand times will become truth". But I want to tell them that lies will always be lies even if repeated ten thousand times. In this world, justice will always prevail over evil. Justice may be late to come, but it will come in the end.

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