“This talk from the U.S. has no foundation whatsoever”, said Maj. Gen. Liu Lianhua from the Guangzhou Military District. “And what evidence is there? There isn’t any!”
Wang Hongguang, deputy commander of the PLA’s Nanjing Military District, called the United States “a thief calling others a thief.” But asked if China should develop its hacking capabilities for counter-attacks, Wang said: “Personally, I think we will. If the enemy has it we’ll want to have it too. We must have the means at least to defend ourselves.”
U.S. officials say they expect hacking to be one of the thorniest issues between Washington and Beijing in the coming months.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Saturday called cyberspace “a community of common destiny,” adding: “What cyberspace needs is not war, but rules and cooperation.
“We oppose turning cyberspace into another battlefield, or using the Internet as a new tool to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs,” Yang said.
(Additional reporting by Cathy Zhang and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Ian Geoghegan)