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China 'gravely concerned' on cybersnooping by US, called world's 'biggest villain'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 June, 2013, 12:37pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 June, 2013, 11:17pm

China said on Sunday that it was “gravely concerned” over cyberattacks by US government agencies after new allegations that they had snooped on Chinese targets.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the latest reports “again proved that China is the victim of cyberattacks, and we have already lodged representations to the US side”, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The remarks followed new claims by former US spy Edward Snowden that US spies had hacked the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing -- home to one of six “network backbones” that route all of mainland China’s Internet traffic -- and the Hong Kong headquarters of Pacnet, which operates one of the Asia-Pacific region’s largest fibre-optic networks.

Earlier on Sunday, Xinhua called the United States the world’s “biggest villain” for IT espionage, after the new allegations emerged.

“These, along with previous allegations, are clearly troubling signs,” Xinhua said in a commentary.

“They demonstrate that the United States, which has long been trying to play innocent as a victim of cyber attacks, has turned out to be the biggest villain in our age,” it said.

The comments came after the United States slapped an arrest warrant on Snowden on Friday, and White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said the charges “present a good case for extradition under the treaty, the extradition treaty between the United States and Hong Kong”.

“Hong Kong has been a historically good partner of the United States in law enforcement matters, and we expect them to comply with the treaty in this case,” he told CBS Radio News on Saturday.

Xinhua noted that the United States was now trying formally to extradite Snowden from Hong Kong, where he has gone to ground.

“But for other countries, Washington should come clean about its record first. It owes too an explanation to China and other countries it has allegedly spied on. It has to share with the world the range, extent and intent of its clandestine hacking programmes,” it said.

The United States and China are both victims of hacking and have to work together on the issue, Xinhua said.

But it stressed: “The ball is now in Washington’s court. The US government had better move to allay the concerns of other countries.”

Pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip, a former secretary for security who sits on the Executive Council, said protections for political asylum-seekers were written into the US extradition treaty in “black and white”.

Washington may threaten Hong Kong with a withdrawal of visa-free access to the United States for its residents, she said on the Commercial Radio station.

But Ip emphasised: “We have laws, and the United States should also be aware of it.”


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yes, US is world's 'biggest villain'
China accuses USA of being the world's biggest villain. What an amazing double standard and hypocrisy. China steals commercial and technological secrets on a huge scale through hacking. The USA is the source of most of the world's new technology and doesn't need to steal it. It is monitoring communications traffic for security reasons, perhaps also to intercept Chinese technology theft.
How many gulags does China have where prisoners are held indefinitely without trial or charge, no family communication, no medical care and uncontrolled brutality against inmates? The USA only has Guantanamo Bay and the inmates have at least some rights.
Compare the countries and it is easy to guess why so many people prefer to live in the USA, while the only people who go to China are there to work.
if US is It is monitoring communications traffic for security reasons, why would they hack into research programs in china's universities, phone companies, communication channels, military bases?
lot of programs in US are now diappearing. health care, food stamp..... the prism program alone cost $3 billion. they are 39000 programs in defense department. target 200 countries in the world. how much do those thingst cost? and cost of wars too.
the US government is cutting budget on lots of programs on helping citizens, spend more on wars, and those programs that pose major threat to the world.
Either way, I dislike both of these countries!!!
I'm an American living in Beijing. I'd much rather be "spied on" by the US than China. America doesn't seem to be arresting anyone for just expression simple opinions on the Internet, as is frequently the case in China. Nor is the US government shutting down blogs of it's leading writers and even journalists, which happens here in China. The US is primarily worried about terrorism, while China worries about it's own citizens. I'm sure most Chinese would agree with me.
but I have a question. there are 200 countries in the world. why are those so called 'terrorists' hate America only? not mexico, salvador, tanzania, iceland ?
also, there are more people killed by police than by terrorist in US. also by crimes, lots of crimes done by black people as seen on newspapers daily.
how can you compare those problems to that chinese goverment delete few blogs on internet.
dats is so true..i wont dispute that but at least in China, it is an open secret. They do not deny and neither do they pretend otherwise.
But in USA, I think the case is entirely different. The constant deny and dat Clapper guy was lying thru his baldly head is pathetic. The point is what else the gov hiding. Can we truly trust their credibility ?
Lecturing China or elsewhere of hacking is disturbing wrong. China is being accused of excessive hacking company corporate data and I can bet with you USA is hacking the people that works for those Chinese companies...does it makes any difference ?
Clapper was asked in a public hearing to answer a question about a program he just finished briefing the Congress about during a classified hearing. Of course he lied. It would have been against the law to speak about a classified program in a public hearing. Sen. Wyden knew that and just wanted to embarrass him. Google "Wyden Stunt" and see people on both sides of the aisle criticizing him for what he did.
Ever heard of the notorious Big Brothers? The Big Five of CIA,NSA,DIA,NGA,NRO in coordination with satellite stations throughout the territories of five Anglo nations, known as Five Eyes, and their worldwide hacking has been a constant warning since last year in China Daily. [Google 'Sicko Uncle Sam' at the CD Forum for more].
Spying happens everywhere around the world, it's not at all a surprise. I can't say if the U.S. is right or not. However, Snowden is a real coward. I still remember he said he would stay because he believed in HK's judicial system - but what now?




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