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China slams US for ‘fabricating’ cyber spying evidence

Published time: May 29, 2014 18:00
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The US has fabricated evidence to back cyber espionage accusations against Chinese military officials, China’s Defense and Foreign Ministries said.

“In the field of internet technology and infrastructure, the US is blessed with an advantage, so fabricating some so-called ‘evidence’ is certainly no hardship," Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said, as quoted by Reuters.

Last week, the US Justice Department (DOJ) accused five Chinese officers of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets and pass them on to Chinese state-owned enterprises.

The summary of the alleged conduct released by the DOJ contained detailed information about the alleged perpetrators and their activities, which included domain names and email addresses used in the attacks.

But Geng compared Washington's evidence of Chinese cyber spying to its justification for the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Back then, the Americans stated that Baghdad was in possession of weapons of mass destruction, but the accusations later appeared to be baseless.

“The international community has not seen the US’ so-called proof. They've only seen the massive conflict and hardship endured by the people of Iraq," Geng stressed.

The harsh comments from the Defense Ministry were echoed by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which also held a briefing on Thursday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gan used the same wording, saying that Washington's proof of Chinese cyber espionage is “fabricated.”

“We have repeatedly said that the Chinese government, military and relevant personnel have never engaged or participated in cyber espionage activities,” Qin said, as quoted by Japan's Kyodo news agency.

Washington “shouldn’t be rigorous on others, while being lenient itself,” the spokesman stressed, reminding of the country's large-scale cyber snooping activities revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

On Wednesday, a Chinese general labeled the US “the world's No.1 cyber thief” in terms of both military and political intelligence.

“It is ridiculous for the US side to say that cyber espionage on political and military intelligence is common practice while the theft of commercial secrets is illegal,” Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, told China Daily newspaper.

He described Washington’s actions in the Chinese cyber espionage affair as “a thief crying 'stop thief,'” adding that it seriously violates the norms of international relations and hampers China-US relations.

Earlier this week, it was reported that state-owned Chinese companies will end their work with US consulting companies such as McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group, over fears they are spying on behalf of the US government.

China's leadership has also reportedly urged banks to stop using IBM servers and replace them with local-made machines amid fears that the nation’s financial security might be compromised via the US-based company’s servers.

Comments (48)

 

Camillus O'Byrne 01.06.2014 00:07

Castra Lejos 31.05.2014 13:11

I am an American and love my country. Yet the fact remains that the US has lost all credibility . False flag attacks on American soil, Unjustified war in Iraq, contra schemes in S.A., The Patriot Act, punishing whistle blowers and spying on Americans.... Are you kidding me?! The system is broken and they have no leg to stand on when accusing other countries. The world thinks American policy is a joke.

  


America is not the government. And the government has betrayed and lied to and oppressed the American people whose name has been sullied by their evil.

 

Castra Lejos 31.05.2014 13:11

I am an American and love my country. Yet the fact remains that the US has lost all credibility . False flag attacks on American soil, Unjustified war in Iraq, contra schemes in S.A., The Patriot Act, punishing whistle blowers and spying on Americans.... Are you kidding me?! The system is broken and they have no leg to stand on when accusing other countries. The world thinks American policy is a joke.

 

Drake Chen 31.05.2014 03:13

Anca china is artificialy keeping it's money currency low , so they print money , but don't really use it , infact US companies not dealing with China , has forced the US government to complain about that numerous times.

Abou t population issue Anca , China is not like the west, people here like to imagine it like the west .
But it isn't you have really rich people who owns half a town and really poor people who owns nothing.
Cause of the old communist system! The wealth never has left those top people.

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