|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 2, 2015|
Q: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with AfghanPresident Ashraf Ghani in Paris the other day. They exchanged views on improving bilateral ties. What is your comment?
A: The Chinese side has noted relevant report. As a friend to both countries, China is pleased with the improvement of Afghanistan-Pakistan relations. We sincerely hope that they can keep enhancing mutual trust and jointly safeguard peace and development of the two countries and the whole region. The Chinese side will continue to play a constructive role in improving Afghanistan-Pakistan relations and promoting the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
Q: The Australian Broadcasting Corportation quoted Australian government sources saying that China is behind the recent hacking into Australia’s government website. What is your response?
A: The Chinese side has repeated on many occasions that the Chinese government firmly opposes and cracks down on all forms of cyber attacks. The cyber security issue is a global one which calls for the international community’s joint efforts through dialogue and cooperation in the spirit of equality and mutual respect. It is not constructive to make unfounded accusations and speculations.
Q: China and the US recently held a high-level dialogue on fighting cyber crimes. There are reports saying that the leaking of data of the US Office of Personnel Management is a criminal case rather than a state-sponsored cyber attack. What is your comment? Who carried out the investigation? Is the result recognized by both sides?
A: On December 1, China's State Councilor Guo Shengkun co-chaired the first China-US high-level dialogue on fighting cyber crimes and related matters with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. The dialogue is positive and constructive. As State Councilor Guo Shengkun pointed out, China-US law enforcement cooperation on cyber security has now entered a new phase of progress as the two sides have solved some specific problems through practical cooperation and candid communication, which helped boost mutual understanding and trust. The US side said that the US and China share common interests in protecting cyber security, and the US is willing to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries with concrete actions in a candid and constructive attitude. The US side also called for increasing information sharing and joint efforts to fight cyber crimes, including cyber terrorism and theft of commercial secrets.
At the dialogue, the two sides reached an agreement on the guidelines on joint China-US fight against cyber crimes and related matters, and the establishment of a hot-line. They also reached broad consensus on some specific cases of cyber security, cyber counter-terrorism cooperation and law enforcement training. The outcomes are very positive.