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Response to Media Query by Spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in New Zealand on Cyber Security

Q: On July 19th, NZ Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau Andrew Little issued a statement, claiming that Chinese state-sponsored actors have undertaken malicious cyber activities in NZ. What is your comment?

A: The accusation from the New Zealand side is totally groundless and irresponsible. China expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition and has already lodged solemn representation with the NZ government.

The Chinese government is a staunch defender of cyber security and firmly opposes and fights all forms of cyber attacks and crimes in accordance with law. Given the virtual nature of cyberspace, one must have clear evidence when investigating and identifying cyber-related incidents. Making accusations without prove is malicious smear.

Cyber security is a challenge faced by all countries. China always advocate countries to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,and address this challenge together. We urge the New Zealand side to abandon the Cold War mentality, adopt a professional and responsible attitude when dealing with cyber incidents, and work with others to jointly tackle the challenge through dialogue and cooperation,rather than manipulating political issues under the pretext of cyber security and mudslinging at others.

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