Fang reiterated China’s stance that it is firmly opposed to nuclear tests by North Korea.
China is North Korea’s main diplomatic and financial backer, but in recent months it has begun to express impatience with Pyongyang.
After weeks of threats of war by North Korea, Pyongyang said last week it would return to negotiations subject to a list of conditions, including the lifting of U.N. sanctions. The United States said it was seeking “clear signals” that the North would halt its nuclear weapons activities.
North Korea has moved two short-range missile launchers to its east coast, apparently indicating it is pushing ahead with preparations for a test launch, a South Korean news agency reported on Sunday.
When asked whether China was willing to delegate staff to set rules for global cybersecurity, Fang said that the Internet, “if it is not managed well, it may bring damaging consequences”.
“If security cannot be guaranteed, it is not an exaggeration to say that the damage of consequences could be as serious as a nuclear bomb,” he said.
Beijing and Washington have traded accusations in recent months of massive cyber intrusions. The United States says hacking attacks emanating from China have targeted U.S. government and corporate computer networks among others, stealing government and commercial data.
A U.S. computer security firm released a report in February saying a secretive Chinese military unit is believed to be behind a wave of hacking attacks against the United States.