Internet hack accusation groundless - FM
Updated: 2005-12-13 18:56
The Chinese government has always prohibited attacks on the Internet, Foreign
Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular press conference Tuesday afternoon.
"Any work units and
individuals are not permitted to use the internet to be engaged in illegal
activities or commit crimes," Qin said.
Qin Gang invites questions at a press conferce
in Beijing. [newsphoto/file]
Qin made the remarks when commenting on a recent report by a US research
institute which says that the Chinese military is probably behind an organized
hacker attack on US government computers.
It is illegal to assault the Internet, Qin said, adding that China currently
has promulgated several laws on the protection of the internet security, and the
relevant regulations are stipulated in the criminal law.
Qin said Chinese public security organs would make laws to deal with those
who uses the Internet to commit crimes, including those who assault the Internet
"What grounds does the U.S. have for this accusation,"
Qin queried,, asking the US side to present its proven evidence if it has any.
Alan Paller, the director of the SANS Institute, an education and
research organization focusing on cybersecurity, claimed on Monday that the
attacks have been traced to the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
Paller said the techniques used made it appear unlikely to come from any
other source than the Chinese military.
East Asian cooperation
China adheres to the principle of openness and transparency in the process of
the Aast Asian cooperation, Qin Gang said.
"China holds that east Asian cooperation should be open and transparent, and
it is in opposition to any exclusive regional cooperation targetting to any
Qin made the remarks when commenting on the nonparticipation of the United
States in the East Asian Summit.
He went on to say that east Asian cooperation should benefit the cooperation
of the nations in the region, and help advance the common development of the
region and other regions.
"In this regard, China respects the consensus reached by the ASEAN nations,
and supports them to play a leading role in this process," the spokesman noted.
China hopes WTO's Doha Round of free trade talks to solve the problems mostly
concerned by developing countries, Qin Gang said.
It is essential to give necessary special and discriminatory treatment to
them and "to reserve space for their strategic development," Qin said at the
regular press conference.
Qin acknowledged the Doha round must be a round of development,and that
development must be ensured as its theme.
The Doha round should make efforts to practically carry forward the process
of trade liberalization and essentially increase the opportunity of market
access for WTO developing members and take into consideration their problems in
the process of trade liberalization.
China will play a positive role in bringing about a success to the Doha round
and the Hong Kong Ministerial meeting, which is being held from December 13 to
18, the spokesman said.