India and the People’s Republic of China have traded barbs over cyber security and cybersecurity after a Chinese cyber attack claimed the lives of four Indian soldiers.
In a statement, India said the attack “was a serious matter” and said that it was investigating.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang also condemned the incident.
He called the incident “a very serious matter and a crime” and urged India to provide all possible measures to protect its citizens, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
“We strongly condemn the attack, which is a serious and unforgivable crime,” Lu said.
China and India are engaged in a major economic partnership, but there have been growing concerns over the rise in cyber-attacks and the use of Chinese technology in India.
China’s military has been accused of hacking into systems in India to influence politics.
In July, a US government official said that China was behind a hack of the Indian Defence Ministry, with some reports suggesting it was a cyber-attack on the Defence Ministry’s website.