From CNN’s Nunu Japaridze
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pointed the finger at China Saturday when addressing cybersecurity threats, the latest in a series of rhetorical skirmishes between the United States and China on the issue.
Speaking to an audience of defense professionals at a regional security summit in Singapore, Hagel said the United States was concerned about “the growing threat of cyber intrusions, some of which appear to be tied to the Chinese government and military.”
Even as he singled out China, Hagel added that United States was “determined to work more vigorously with China” in order to address the problem.
Acknowledging the risk of “miscalculations and mistakes as to who was behind the attack,” Hagel insisted that the most effective way to combat the cyber threat is through mutual cooperation between countries and governments.
“Cyber threats are not just a threat to the United States or a threat to any one country. They are threats to China,” Hagel said.
Hagel also noted that the United States has increased investments in cybersecurity to counter the increasing threats.
The Pentagon previously blamed China in its annual report to U.S. lawmakers on Chinese military capabilities.
The report, published in May, stated that some of the recent cyberattacks in the United States appeared “to be attributable directly to Chinese government and military.”