China and the United States can cooperate on cyber security and could work together with other countries on global cyber security rules in a spirit of respect, China’s top diplomat was quoted on Friday as saying.
The comments from State Councillor Yang Jiechi were published in the English-language China Daily after US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a congressional committee the United States must beef up security against Chinese hackers. Yang’s comments were not a direct reaction.
“China and the United States actually can make cyber security a point of cooperation between our two countries,” Yang said in an interview focussed on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming state visit to America.
“We hope China, the United States and other countries could work together to work out the rules for cyber security in the international arena in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,” said Yang, who outranks the foreign minister.