If the US implements retaliatory measures against China in cyber space,
it "will have to shoulder responsibility for escalating confrontation",
said a commentary by Xinhua news agency, warning that any form of
political or economic retaliation will be met with corresponding
The commentary - "US should think twice before
retaliating against China over unfounded hacking charges" - said that
the US is on the brink of making another grave mistake under the name of
protecting cyber-security, as it is reportedly considering retaliatory
measures against China for unfounded hacking accusations.
American officials were quoted by a US daily as saying that President
Barack Obama's administration was determined to retaliate against China
for its alleged theft of personnel information of more than 20 million
Americans from the database of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
decision came amid a growing chorus in the US demonising China as the
culprit behind the massive breach of the OPM computer networks. As
witnessed by most past similar cases, the US government, Congress and
media once again called for punishing China for this after a top US
intelligence official indirectly pointed a finger at China," said the
The article said: "Obviously, cyber-security has
become another tool for Washington to exert pressure on China and
another barrier that restrains the further development of China-US
"Washington will be blamed for any adverse effects
this might have on its ties with China, as all the US accusations
against China were made without providing concrete evidence," it added.
went on to say that by "repeatedly blaming China for hacking into its
government computers, Washington apparently tries to portray Beijing as
the No. 1 bad guy in cyberspace, but this is doomed to fail because the
US is the most powerful country with the most advanced cyber
The commentary observed that just like protecting
its territorial sovereignty and integrity, "China is strongly determined
to protect the safety of its cyber-space and reserves all rights to
counter any outside threats and intrusions. It will meet any form of
political or economic retaliation with corresponding countermeasures".
added: "If it stubbornly implements retaliatory measures against China
in cyber-space, it will be known for being a cyber-bully and will have to
shoulder responsibility for escalating confrontation and disrupting the
peaceful order in the cyberspace."