China willing to co-operate with U.S. over cyberattacks
Cameramen film a news conference of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, China, Saturday, March 9, 2013. China's foreign minister has rejected accusations that the country's military was behind massive hacking attacks on U.S. and other foreign targets and called for more international cooperation in policing the Internet. (AP / Kin Cheung)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, March 12, 2013 6:17AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, March 12, 2013 7:53AM EDT
BEIJING -- China says it is willing to co-operate with the United States in cybersecurity after the U.S. called on it to take "serious steps" to stop cyberattacks.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying repeated China's assertion that it is firmly opposed to cyberattacks and one of the countries that has suffered most from them. She says the country cracks down on such hackers according to the law.
Hua said Tuesday: "Cyberspace needs rules and co-operation, not wars. China is willing to have constructive dialogue and co-operation with the global community, including the United States."
U.S. National Security adviser Tom Donilon's comments Monday reflect American concern over cyber intrusions and their economic costs.
Last month, a U.S.-based cybersecurity firm accused a Chinese military unit of attacking more than 140 mostly American companies.