China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has said the country is willing to engage in a cyber security dialogue with the US.
Spokeswoman Hua Chuying told reporters during a recent briefing that China feels marginalised by constant cyber attacks from foreign actors. She added that China is looking to discuss the issue with US officials in the hope of sustaining an open dialogue with the global community.
"China's position on cyber attack is clear and consistent. The Chinese government firmly opposes and combats cyber attacks in accordance with the law," said Chuying at a recent press conference.
"We are ready to work with the international community to carry out constructive dialogues and cooperation on safeguarding cyber security. We oppose groundless speculation and accusation on [the] hacker attack issue."
According to Reuters, the Chinese government official reportedly said that China is one of the biggest victims of cyber attacks. Earlier this month other Chinese officials claimed government websites are attacked 144,000 times a month.
China has continued to be a consistent target of cyber attack accusations. A recent Mandiant report claimed that the Chinese military had hacked over 144 foreign businesses over the last several years.
Chinese military members were also accused of hacking the New York Times. According to reports, the attacks on the media outlet were a form of payback for articles about the countries prime minister. Government officials have denied all cyber attack claims.
Following the accusations, White House officials issued a stark warning to China. In a recent presentation, US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said that cyber attacks by the superpower could cause
harm to its global image.
US and Chinese officials have been at a constant back-and-forth over cyber issues for the past several years. Last year, the two countries took a fight about global internet regulation to the United Nations.
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