Vice-min­is­ter calls US cy­ber­se­cu­rity gripes hyp­o­crit­i­cal

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHANG ZHOUXIANG and CAO YIN

China has crit­i­cized the United States for be­ing hyp­o­crit­i­cal and hege­monic in cy­ber­se­cu­rity and urged it to stop eaves­drop­ping on other coun­tries and in­di­vid­u­als, said a se­nior Chi­nese diplo­mat, fol­low­ing a se­ries of spats be­tween the two coun­tries in­volv­ing cy­berspace.

Li Baodong, vice-for­eign min­is­ter, ac­cused the US of hav­ing a dou­ble stan­dard on the cy­ber is­sue, draw­ing lines out of its self­ish in­ter­ests, and con­coct­ing “reg­u­la­tions” only ap­pli­ca­ble to other coun­tries, “in­stead of re­flect­ing on its own be­hav­ior that un­der­mines the sovereignty of other coun­tries and the pri­vacy of cit­i­zens”.

Li made the re­marks at an In­ter­na­tional Work­shop on In­for­ma­tion and Cy­ber Se­cu­rity on Thurs­day in Bei­jing, the first such dis­cus­sion that China and the United Na­tions held to­gether.

It is also the first in­ter­na­tional di­a­logue that China held with other coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions since the US Jus­tice Depart­ment charged five Chi­nese mil­i­tary of­fi­cers with cy­bertheft of commercial in­for­ma­tion from US cor­po­ra­tions.

Li stressed that cy­berspace de­vel­op­ment should fol­low prin­ci­ples in­clud­ing sovereignty, peace and uni­ver­sal ben­e­fit, and ad­vo­cated “bi­lat­eral, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion”.

“Hu­mankind does not need an­other war field in cy­berspace”, he said, em­pha­siz­ing that ef­forts should be made to en­able ev­ery­one to ben­e­fit from the op­por­tu­ni­ties brought about by the In­ter­net and share in its achieve­ments.

His opin­ion was echoed by Jarmo Sareva, deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Con­fer­ence on Dis­ar­ma­ment and di­rec­tor of the UN Of­fice for the Dis­ar­ma­ment Af­fairs Geneva Branch. Sareva said that cy­berspace is con­cerned with ev­ery as­pect of mod­ern life. “We have to en­sure cy­berspace is avail­able for vil­lages as well as for cities,” he said in a speech.

To that end, Li said, it is nec­es­sary to for­mu­late fair in­ter­na­tional norms ac­cepted by more coun­tries, an es­sen­tial step to­ward keep­ing cy­berspace in or­der.

Sareva also said he ex­pected China and the US to bet­ter co­or­di­nate for the build­ing of an in­ter­na­tional norm. “China and the US as two leading pow­ers need to co­op­er­ate not only in terms of the econ­omy, but also in terms of se­cu­rity, es­pe­cially cy­ber­se­cu­rity,” he told China Daily.

Ning Ji­a­jun, a se­nior re­searcher at the Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for State In­forma­ti­za­tion, said some de­vel­oped coun­tries, such as the US, have re­fused to dis­cuss cy­berspace is­sues on in­ter­na­tional stages.

On Wed­nes­day, Har­ald Range, the Ger­man at­tor­ney gen­eral, said he de­cided to launch a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency’s al­leged hack­ing of Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s cell­phone.

The in­ci­dent has had some neg­a­tive ef­fects on Ger­man- US re­la­tions and the two na­tions are hold­ing in­tense dis­cus­sions in or­der to rebuild con­fi­dence, said Martin Fleis­cher, head of the In­ter­na­tional Cy­ber Pol­icy Co­or­di­na­tion Staff at the Federal For­eign Of­fice of Ger­many.

In the push for a new in­ter­na­tional norm on cy­berspace, “China is play­ing a con­struc­tive role”, Fleis­cher told China Daily, adding that Ger­many, like many Western coun­tries, has many in­ter­ests in com­mon with China and it is im­por­tant for them to co­op­er­ate, de­spite dif­fer­ences on many is­sues.

Thomas Duke, deputy di­rec­tor of cy­beris­sues for the US Depart­ment of State, said he was not op­ti­mistic about the push for in­ter­na­tional cy­ber­norms be­cause “dis­agree­ments ex­ist not only be­tween China and the US, but also among the five per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, among the G7, and among the G20”. Con­tact the writ­ers at zhangzhoux­i­ang@chi­nadaily. and caoyin@ chi­

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