Washington (AP) – Asserting that cyberattacks against the U.S. don’t come only from China, the U.S. and Chinese defense ministers said they agreed Monday to work together on cyber issues to avoid miscalculations that could lead to future crises.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that since China and the United States have advanced cyber capabilities, it is important to develop better cooperation.
“It’s true, as the general pointed out, that obviously there are other countries, actors, others involved in some of the attacks that both of our countries receive,” Panetta told reporters after an afternoon meeting in the Pentagon marking the first visit by a Chinese defense minister to the U.S. since 2003. “But because the United States and China have developed technological capabilities in this arena it’s extremely important that we work together to develop ways to avoid any miscalculation or misperception that could lead to crisis in this area.”
Gen. Liang Guanglie, China’s minister of national defense, offered a vigorous defense of his country, saying through an interpreter that, “I can hardly agree with the proposition that the cyberattacks directed to the United States are directly coming from China. … We cannot attribute all of the cyberattacks (against the) United States to China.”
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