Gardner Statement On U.S.-China Cybersecurity Agreement

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement after the announcement of a new cybersecurity agreement between the United States government and the government of the People’s Republic of China:

“Today’s announcement is a step forward, one that I hope will lead to more focus on cybersecurity and combatting cyber threats. But much more work remains to be done. This is an issue I’ve raised over and over again, with State Department officials as well as officials in the Chinese government. That’s why I’ve pressed for the Administration to develop a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. It’s why I’ve called for the creation of a select committee on cybersecurity in the Senate to unify our legislative efforts. Cybersecurity is not the flavor of the week. This is the future of our national security.

“We cannot be blind to the damage already inflicted upon us by hackers linked to the Chinese government, who are widely believed to be responsible for the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management and numerous commercial breaches that have undermined our economic security. The United States must make every effort to hold those criminals accountable immediately. That’s why I've written two letters urging the President to use all the tools at his disposal to punish perpetrators of Chinese-sponsored cyber crimes. I will press the Administration to continue pursuing justice while developing a cybersecurity strategy that protects Americans from cyber threats.”                                            


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.


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