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China hits back at US,says it is real hacking empire

China on Wednesday accused the United States of sowing discord between China and its neighbours after the Pentagon said Beijing is using espionage to fuel its military modernisation,branding Washington the “real hacking empire”.

Written by Reuters | Beijing | May 9, 2013 1:15:15 am

China on Wednesday accused the United States of sowing discord between China and its neighbours after the Pentagon said Beijing is using espionage to fuel its military modernisation,branding Washington the “real hacking empire”.

The latest salvo came a day after China’s foreign ministry dismissed as groundless a Pentagon report which accused China for the first time of trying to break into US defence computer networks.

China has said repeatedly that it does not condone hacking and is the victim of hacking attacks — most of which it claims come from the US. “As we all know,the US is the real ‘hacking empire’ and has an extensive espionage network,” the People’s Daily,regarded as a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party,said in a commentary.

The Pentagon also cited progress in Beijing’s effort to develop advanced-technology stealth aircraft and build an aircraft carrier fleet to project power further offshore. The People’s Liberation Army Daily called the report a “gross interference in China’s internal affairs”.

“Promoting the ‘China military threat theory’ can sow discord between China and other countries,especially its relationship with its neighbouring countries,to contain China and profit from it,” the newspaper said in a commentary that was carried on China’s Defence Ministry’s website.

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