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In response to spying allegations, China tells the West to look in the mirror

By Curtis Stone (People's Daily Online)    13:42, February 02, 2018

Recently, CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the BBC that China is trying to steal U.S. secrets and exert covert influence over the West. The anti-China hysteria is beyond imagination.

“These reports remind me of a Chinese saying,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing on Thursday. “One’s mentality will determine how they see the world. In this sense, it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that such remarks were made by a person who heads the world’s largest intelligence agency.”

During his interview, the CIA director told the BBC that China is “very focused” on stealing American information and infiltrating the United States with spies, adding that his agency sees it in schools, hospitals, and medical systems in the United States and across the world.

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However, China pointed the finger back at the United States. “Facts speak louder than words,” Hua said, adding that it is obvious who is doing all the spying, monitoring, espionage, and infiltration around the world in an attempt to exert greater influence over others.

The U.S. spy chief began his interview with the BBC by bragging that the CIA is “the world’s finest espionage service” and claiming that “we are going to go out there and do our damnedest to steal secrets.”

As for the Australian intelligence agency listing China as an “extreme threat,” Hua said that if some Australians choose to believe that the millions of Chinese travelling between China and Australia as well as Chinese living in Australia are spies, then their nervousness and anxiety is understandable. “They have every reason to be so,” Hua said.

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