A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said Monday that Washington and Canada are to be considered “part of the same enemy” if the U and Canadian governments are caught in a cyber attack.
The statement, released by a ministry spokesman, said the US and Canada have “the same enemy.”
It said the U was “a strategic partner” of China and has “a long history of cooperation” with the Chinese Communist Party.
“If the United States and Canada were to engage in cyber warfare, the situation would be worse,” the statement said.
It added that the Chinese government “strongly urges” the U, Canadian and US governments “to immediately cease cyber warfare and cooperate in addressing the common threat.”
In May, China said its cyber defenses would be stronger and its cyber infrastructure “more secure” than in the past.
The country has previously expressed concerns about the effectiveness of its own cyber defenses and said it would increase its cyber defense capacity in the coming years.
A White House official said the two countries should work together to protect the United State and its interests in the cyber arena.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The White House said China’s statement “provides us with additional confidence that China is not going to use cyber warfare to harm the United, American or Canadian interests.”