The Web site representing the French Embassy in China has reportedly been weathering a DDoS attack, not four days after Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister He Yafei said France “grossly interfere[d] in China’s internal affairs.”
A spokesman from the Chinese Foreign Ministry has denounced the attacks, saying that any links drawn between China and the action are purely speculation, and reports should be based upon solid proof of culpability.
While it has not been proven that the attacks were orchestrated by the Chinese government, there is a definite motive.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy was scheduled to meet with the Dalai Lama, a political exile from China who the country says is engaged in Tibetan separatist activities. China did not want the meeting to take place, and warned of possible political and diplomatic consequences if Sarkozy did not attend to the country’s wishes. Sarkozy went through with the meeting in Gdansk, Poland, and was quoted as saying, “There’s no need to dramatize things.”
He Yafei issued a statement following the meeting, saying, “The erroneous action of the French side grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and severely hurts the feelings of the Chinese people. The Chinese Government expresses its resolute opposition and strong dissatisfaction.”