U.S. Should Build Trust With China After Cyber Spat, Says Xinhua

China and the U.S. should avoid a rift developing from a cyber-spying row and focus on trust-building to tackle common concerns such as terrorism, Chinese state media said.

The world’s two biggest economies need each other’s support on a number of core issues, ranging from North Korea’s nuclear program to climate change, according to an editorial published by the official Xinhua News Agency. The U.S. had made false claims against China including over its ethnic policies, behavior in territorial spats in the South China Sea, and by filing “ungrounded” commercial cyber-espionage charges against Chinese military officers, it said.

“Though China has showed its willingness to act constructively, the United States has been skeptical about China’s intentions and made untrue accusations against China in a number of areas,” Xinhua said. “It is advisable for Washington to refrain from taking further wrongful steps against China and build more trust in more areas.”

The editorial was issued as tensions escalate between the two countries after the U.S. Justice Department formally indicted five Chinese military officers for allegedly hacking into American companies and stealing commercial secrets.

China has demanded the U.S. withdraw the charges, and the government in Beijing asked government agencies and banks to remove high-end servers made by International Business Machines Corp. and replace them with local brands, people familiar with the matter said.

“Cooperation and the pursuit of positive results should become the mainstream despite differences remaining,” Xinhua said in the editorial. “At this point, more trust should be built with regards to information sharing and cybersecurity to fight the two countries’ common enemy, instead of sowing the seeds of distrust.”

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