China denies US espionage allegations

08:11, November 24, 2009      

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Less than a week after US President Barack Obama wrapped up his first official visit to China, the two countries have again crossed swords over espionage and currency manipulation, provoked by a report from a US congressional advisory panel.

The annual report on China "disregards facts, is full of bias and has an ulterior motive,"Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement on the ministry's website Monday.

"We advise the so-called commission not to always look at China through tinted glasses and not to do things that interfere in China's internal affairs and undermine Chi-na-US relations,"Qin added.

The 2009 report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a bipartisan 12-member board appointed by US Congress, said last week that Chinese spying is "growing in scale, intensity and sophistication"and urges Congress to review the US' ability to meet the "rising challenge"of Beijing's espionage.

"China's peacetime computer exploitation efforts are primarily focused on intelligence collection against US targets,"it said.

The report was released Thursday, one day after Obama left China after a four-day visit. An Associated Press report said, "The commission tends to take a tougher stance on China than either Obama or his predecessor, George W. Bush."

Fu Mengzi, a researcher at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said, "Some US conservative forces have been discriminative toward China's technological advancement. That is why they frequently make up stories accusing China of stealing US high-technology."
Li Wei, director of the Center for Counterterrorism Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said that individuals carried out most of the alleged hacking, and both the US and China are victims.

Source:Global Times


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