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Statement of the Chinese Embassy in Canada on Canadian media's reports and accusation against China on "cyber attacks"
2018/12/22

Canadian media recently reported that the US authority indicted two Chinese nationals on the ground of “cyber stealing”. The relevant reports also accused China of having conducted cyber attacks against Canada and alleged that China violated its pledge to the Canadian side on stopping conducting state-sponsored cyber attacks to steal Canadian private-sector trade secrets and proprietary technology. The Chinese Embassy in Canada makes the following statement in this regard:

Those countries that own the “PRISM Program”, “Equation Group” and “Echelon” global spying networks and have been engaging in large-scale and organized cyber stealing, spying and surveillance activities on foreign governments, enterprises and individuals, unexpectedly make unwarranted accusations against China on cyber attacks and hacking activities. It is the most absurd tale in the world. They are playing the trick of a thief crying stop thief. If the Canadian side has suffered from cyber attacks, it was definitely not initiated by China, but by someone else.

China never conducted state-sponsored cyber attacks against Canada, let alone did it pledge that it would stop the relevant activities. One can not pledge to stop what he didn’t do. On cyber-security issue, China and Canada agreed that neither country’s government would conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sectors. The relevant allegations reported by the Canadian media were fabricated stories, which has seriously misled the public.

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