Foreign ministry denies China's involvement in Renault spy case

11:17, January 12, 2011      

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei criticized media reports claiming China was connected to French carmaker Renault's economic espionage scandal, saying they are "baseless and irresponsible."

Allegations that China was involved in the Renault case are "unacceptable" for China, Hong said at the regular press conference on Tuesday.

Three Renault executives suspected of leaking company information were suspended on Jan. 3, 2011. Some French media said Chinese individuals were buyers of that information. According to a Reuters report, French government spokesperson Francois Baroin recognized that the French government was probing into the case but "no official accusation" has been made against any country.

The Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Post reported that sources from Renault China had told them that there was no evidence showing any China connection with this case and no comments from Renault’s French headquarters were available so far.

By Li Jia, People’s Daily Online


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