"Google's statement from January 12 is groundless, and we are firmly opposed to it," Qin told a regular news briefing in the Chinese capital, when asked if there had been any development in a dispute that is now more than a month old.
"China administers its internet according to law, and this position will not change. China prohibits hacking and will crack down on hacking according to law," he added.
The issue was pushed back into headlines by recent reports in the Western media that the attacks had been traced to two schools in China, and the writer of the spyware used had been identified as a Chinese security consultant in his 30s with government links.
The prestigious Shanghai Jiaotong University and previously unknown Lanxiang vocational college, a high-school level institution, have both denied any role in the attacks.
Ok, that's swell. You will crack down on hacking according to the law. So what is the status of your investigation into the usage of the IPs in question on the Jiaotong network? Have you questioned the researcher implicated? Have you investigated any of the front companies connected with APT activities?
No? Imagine that...