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Editor's Note: The e-mail below is in response to questions sent by BusinessWeek to authorities in Beijing and Washington.
From: Wang BaodongSent: Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2008 2:47 AMTo: Epstein, KeithCc: Tschang, Chi-ChuSubject: RESPONSE ON CYBER SPACE
Dear Mr. Epstein,
As I told you over phone, I read your questionnaire carefully, and I'm very much concerned about the purpose of your story—if it targets China and is aimed at fanning up a "China cyber threat", I would strongly suggest that you do not do such stories as this would only serve the purpose of some anti-China forces, and is not conducive to increasing mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese and American peoples.
After saying that, I should say that the Chinese government has on various occasions expounded its position on this global issue of cyber intrusion or hacking. The Chinese Government always opposes and forbids any cyber crimes including "hacking" that undermine the security of computer networks. Chinese laws and regulations are explicit in this regard.
As it is, China's cyber space and internet systems are frequently intruded and attacked by hackers from certain countries. As a victim of hacking attacks, China attaches great importance to cracking down on various cyber crimes including hacking activities.
China follows a path of peaceful development, and unswervingly adopts a national defense policy which is defensive in nature. China would never do anything to harm sovereignty or security of other countries. In conformity with such national policies, the Chinese government has never employed, nor will it employ so-called civilian hackers in collecting information or intelligence of other countries. Allegations against China in this respect are totally unwarranted, which only reflect the dark mentality of certain people who always regard China as a threat. Of course, there are some other people who are misled into believing that China is engaged in hacking activities, which is more than wrong.
China enjoys good cooperation with many countries in counter-cyber crimes, and is willing to enhance communication and collaboration in this field on the basis of mutual respect and objectivity. China hopes that, through joint international effort, cyber space will become more tranquil, harmonious and more effective in facilitating the welfare of the whole human being.
Thank you very much. Please drop me a line to confirm the receipt of this email.
Wang BaodongPress Counselor & SpokespersonOf the Chinese Embassy to the United States