BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- China's military has always limited
its cyber operations within domestic and international law, said
Defense Minister Chang Wanquan on Tuesday, after meeting with U.S.
counterpart Chuck Hagel.
Meeting journalists alongside Hagel, Chang called on all
countries in the world to protect network security, and noted the
security threats and challenges facing cyberspace.
"China has always adhered to the principle of peace, security,
openness and cooperation in cyberspace," he said.
China and the United States have maintained communication on
cyber security and share broad common interests in cyberspace, he
said, adding that the two armed forces have conducted many candid
and effective dialogues on the issue.
Chang called on the two sides to seriously carry out the
important consensus reached by both countries' leaders on network
security, enhance communication and avoid high-risk behavior in
cyberspace, so as to prevent misjudgment.
"China has taken note of Hagel's attitude on cyberspace," he
said, adding that China is willing to strengthen communication with
the United States in this aspect, in order to turn the scenario
into concrete policies and actions.
Last month, Hagel said in a speech at the National Security
Agency headquarters that the United States does not seek to
militarize cyberspace and the Pentagon "will maintain an approach
of restraint to any cyber operations outside the U.S. government
He also said the United States wants to promote the qualities of
the Internet that have made it a "catalyst for freedom and
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