This is an editorial piece recently published in The Global Times (环球时报) responding to US allegations of government-sponsored Chinese hackers attacking various US businesses. Yes, the Global Times is a hyper nationalistic, war mongering publication (essentially “China’s Fox News“) and this may be a predictable knee jerk response to US allegations, but still…yikes.
China Shouldn’t Tolerate the US’s Presumptuous and Fabricated Hacking Accusations
Ridiculous accusations have been festering recently concerning the so called “organized hacking and theft of American government and corporate secrets” by Chinese organizations. On February 20th, The Associated Press reported the Obama administrations was considering diplomatic or trade repercussions in response. America is walking a very fine line, leaving the Chinese people at a loss deciphering Washington’s true intentions.
With the vast majority of internet servers located in America, in one sense, the internet is already controlled and monitored by the US. America is home to the world’s greatest numbers of hackers, and it just so happens the best of the best are employed by The Pentagon. Suddenly, the US is claiming it’s internet isn’t safe, and they are helpless in the face of Chinese attacks. Are they trying to fool a child?
It is publicly acknowledged the US has launched cyber attacks on other countries. As the so called “global rule makers”, the US is very callous in this regard. Hackers first appeared in the US, and have cooperated with the US government in various capacities. The government is thus implicit in the spreading of hacker methods and principles across the globe.
We don’t believe the Chinese government is not prepared for cyber attacks, but we firmly believe China would not preemptively take such radical actions. To claim China ignores the principles of the internet, trampling on international governing rules, is to tell a ridiculous story to the Chinese people. (much more literary in the original Chinese…suggestions?)
Based on this judgement, America’s frenzied and malicious accusations of Chinese hackers is merely an arbitrary exercise demonstrating America’s arrogant internet hegemony.
We highly suspect America is fabricating these Chinese hacker reports to increase public support for cyber warfare. We even suspect America is preparing a public or semi public cyber attack, using this incident as an excuse.
It is obvious America is using these quarrels as a cheap tool of foreign policy to suppress China. As they say, two birds, one stone.
In internet related disputes in the past, China has been too polite towards the US, indulging the arrogance of Washington. Since America will not reciprocate China’s moderation, China should abandon it’s genial approach and unconditionally oppose the Americans.
China must calmly collect detailed evidence and verification, frankly publicize America’s attempts at internet attacks, and punish proven aggressors. To date, relying solely on its own evidence, America has sanctioned several companies and individuals. China rarely does this, and this unfair practice should be brought to an end.
China needs to continue closely monitoring the activities and trends of US cyber warfare capabilities. If the US’s purpose of fabricating these hacking scandals is to increase cyber warfare preparedness, China needs to quickly respond in kind.
China does not fear the cacophony of US public opinion, and is not afraid of any actions the US government can take. We have had enough of US rhetoric. If the US is looking to pick a fight, we will laugh and continue on.
The fact that stories from this “Mandiant” Company and several so called “victims of Chinese hacking” can disturb US-China relations just shows how immature the bilateral relationship is. China has no duty towards Americans who spit towards us.