China accuses U.S. of hypocrisy amid charges of economic espionage


Chinese diplomats in Washington have accused the United States of hypocrisy after authorities in Beijing were charged with economic cyber-espionage earlier this week.

Unresolved allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on a U.S. company’s Chinese competitor have resurfaced amid growing anger from Chinese officials over accusations that the country’s military hacked into U.S. databases to steal trade secrets.

“Large amounts of publicly disclosed information show that relevant U.S. institutions have been conducting cyberintrusion, wiretapping and surveillance activities against Chinese government departments, institutions, companies, universities and individuals,” Chinese Embassy spokesman Geng Shuang told Al Jazeera.

Geng added that the U.S.’s accusation was based on “fabricated facts” and re-emphasized earlier statements by China’s Foreign Ministry that joint U.S.-China activities to maintain cybersecurity would stop due to a “lack of sincerity” from counterparts in Washington.

On March 25, The New York Times, citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, reported that the agency had breached the servers of China’s international telecom giant Huawei.

Huawei is a leading competitor of its U.S. counterpart, Cisco Systems.

China subsequently demanded answers amid suggestions that the NSA had itself engaged in economic espionage.

“We do not use foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies on behalf of — or give intelligence we collect to — U.S. companies to enhance their international competitiveness or increase their bottom line,” NSA spokeswoman Vanee M. Vines told Al Jazeera, adding..

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