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US, China both face cyber security threats: Pentagon chief


14:04, June 01, 2013

SINGAPORE, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Cyber security threats are a threat to not only the United States, but also other countries including China, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Saturday.

"They are threats to China. They are threats to every country. We share those common interests," the Pentagon chief told an audience that included the defense ministers and military commanders from countries in the Asia Pacific and beyond.

Hagel, who recounted his experience of visiting China in the 1980s as a co-founder of a cellular telephone company, said he saw cyber security threats as an example of the accompanying challenges that come with emerging technologies.

The cyber security threats have been a topic of discussions and speculations recently, with some alleging that part of the attacks came from China.

China denied the allegations and said that it faced cyber security threats as any other countries.

Hagel said that it is not as easy to identify who was behind a cyber attack.

"This is also one of the situations that puts you in risk of dangerous miscalculations and mistakes as to who was behind an attack," he said.

The approach to addressing such challenges is a common interest approach, the U.S. defense secretary said.

Hagel further outlined the U.S. approach to regional security in the Asia Pacific, saying that the world's only military superpower, in addition to deploying 60 percent of its navy assets in the Pacific by 2020, has put 60 percent of its overseas-based air force in the Asia Pacific, including tactical aircraft and bomber forces.

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