According to Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, the US and China can cooperate together and with other countries on cyber security global norms:

“China and the United States actually can make cyber security a point of cooperation between our two countries,” Yang said in an interview focused on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming state visit to America.

“We hope China, the United States and other countries could work together to work out the rules for cyber security in the international arena in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,” said Yang, who outranks the foreign minister.

The Obama administration is considering targeted sanctions against Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials have said. Chinese hackers have also been implicated in the massive hacking of the U.S. government’s personnel office disclosed this year.

Clapper’s testimony added to pressure on Beijing over its conduct in cyberspace just weeks before Xi’s visit.

Yang noted, as Chinese officials regularly do, that China was itself a hacking victim and said suspected cases of hacking should be investigated and handled “on a solid, factual basis”.