The White House defended President Joe Biden’s response to China for sponsoring cybercriminals infiltrating global systems, despite a decision to hold off on sanctions four and a half months after a major hack was discovered.
Multilateral partners from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and NATO condemned the Chinese government’s actions on Monday, a message meant to show allies united against China’s persistent destabilizing activities in cyberspace, administration officials said.
Asked why Biden appeared to hold off on a full-throated condemnation of China when questioned by the media earlier Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “That was not the intention he was trying to project.”
The coordinated effort “was under [Biden’s] direction,” Psaki said. “He continues to feel it’s important to lead from a position of strength in close coordination with our partners and allies around the world, and he takes the malicious cyberactivity, whether it’s from Russia or China, whomever the actors