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China warns US cyber charges may damage ties

20 May 2014, 20:00

Beijing - China on Tuesday warned the US was jeopardising military ties by charging five Chinese officers with cyberspying and tried to turn the tables on Washington by calling it "the biggest attacker of China's cyberspace".

China announced it was suspending co-operation with the US in a joint cybersecurity task force over Monday's charges that officers stole trade secrets from major American companies.

The foreign ministry demanded Washington withdraw the indictment.

The testy exchange marked an escalation in tensions over US complaints that China's military uses its cyber warfare skills to steal foreign trade secrets to help the country's vast state-owned industrial sector.

A US security firm, Mandiant, said last year it traced attacks on American and other companies to a military unit in Shanghai.

The charges are the biggest challenge to relations since a meeting last summer between President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Sunnylands, California.

Ties already were under strain due to conflicts over what Washington says are provocative Chinese moves to assert claims over disputed areas of the East and South China Seas.

Beijing complains the Obama administration's effort to shift foreign policy emphasis toward Asia and expand its military presence in the region is emboldening Japan and other neighbours and fuelling tension.

Beijing has denied conducting commercial spying and said it is a victim of computer hacking, but has given little indication it investigates foreign complaints.

"The Chinese government and Chinese military as well as relevant personnel have never engaged and never participated in so-called cyber theft of trade secrets", said a foreign ministry spokesperson, Hong Lei, at a news briefing."What the United States should do no is withdraw its indictment."

The ministry of defense warned that the US accusations would chill gradually warming relations between the two militaries.

"The US, by this action, betrays its commitment to building healthy, stable, reliable military-to-military relations and causes serious damage to mutual trust", it said.

Despite the pointed language, damage to US-Chinese relations is likely to be limited, with little change in trade or military links, because Beijing realises the indictment of the five officers is symbolic, said Shen Dingli, a director of the centre for American studies at Shanghai's Fudan University.

- AP


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