12 Dec 2011

Chinese officials tell internet forum country is opposed to cyber war

Chinese officials said at the fifth U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum in Washington, D.C., this past week that they are opposed to internet or cyber wars. Internet security against Chinese hackers has been a concern by many over the past couple of years.

"China and the United States have common interests and responsibilities either in promoting Internet development or in defending cyberspace security," said Qian Xiaoqian, vice minister of the State Internet Information Office of China, during his speech at the event. "The internet should become a bridge for the two countries to boost mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win results, and also a positive factor to further the China-US relations."

He said the two sides should deepen understand and respect of each other by fighting against cyber crime together and defending the internet.

Qian said China is much less capable of defending against internet security breaches as a less developed company. He suggested both sides should play to advantages they could give to each other to make the fight against cyber crime easier.