Beijing: The Chinese government on Monday criticized President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Chinese hackers, rather than the United States, may be behind cyber espionage against the United States.
Trump on Saturday scoffed at assertions by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other officials that the Kremlin was behind attempts to spy on federal agencies. Trump, without offering evidence, said “it may” be China.
The foreign ministry said China opposes cyber spying and has crackdown on cyber crime.
“The United States has politicized the issue of cybersecurity without conclusive evidence and continuously spread false information and thrown mud at China in an attempt to tarnish China’s image,” said a ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin.
“We hope the United States will take a more responsible attitude on cyber security,” Wang said.
Together with the United States and Russia, China is widely regarded as one of the most advanced governments in developing cyber warfare capabilities.
Since 2009, the US government has accused two Chinese citizens of long-term cyber espionage in July with the purpose of stealing information about coronavirus vaccines, weapons, and human rights activists.
Since 2014, Chinese military officers and other personnel have also been prosecuted for hacking by the United States to steal trade secrets.