Chinese President Flatly Denies State-Sponsored Hacking Claims

Chinese President Xi Jinping has flatly denied claims that China is actively engaging in hacking U.S. corporations, government institutions and other installations and is offering to open a dialogue on cybersecurity with the U.S.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, currently in his first ever state visit to the U.S., has wasted no time in addressing the elephant in the room – cybersecurity.

In a comprehensive interview with the Wall Street Journal, President Xi Jinping was precise with his words when addressing cybersecurity.

The Chinese government does not engage in theft of commercial secrets in any form, nor does it encourage or support Chinese companies to engage in such practices in any way.

Furthermore, he said: “China takes cyber security very seriously,” and added that “China is also a victim of hacking.”

Cybertheft of commercial secrets and hacking attacks against government networks are both illegal; such acts are criminal offenses and should be punished according to law and relevant international conventions.

Without going into any details, he added that China is willing to engage in a joint mechanism to tackle cybercrime, along with the U.S. – as an ally.

A new agreement that is touted as the “first arms control accord for cyberspace” is currently being discussed between the U.S. and China, according to the New York Times.

The agreement, which both countries are supposedly planning on announcing this week is a joint commitment by both to not be the first to use cyberweapons against each other during peace time, according to sources speaking to the publication.

Abstaining from the use of cyber-weapons applies to critical infrastructures such as power stations, banking systems, hospitals and mobile networks. It is not yet known if the agreement also covers the kind of breaches and intrusions that China is routinely accused of.

As things stand, there is little indication that the U.S. will be imposing economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals accused of hacking corporations and institutions in the U.S.

“China and the United States share common concerns on cyber security,” added President Xi.

We are ready to strengthen cooperation with the U.S. side on this issue.

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.