The Chinese Defense Ministry announced Thursday that they will strengthen “internet security” after receiving reports of U.S. government spying on a “major telecommunications firm” located in the country, according to an article published by Reuters. The article indicates that these reports showed how the United States National Security Agency (NSA) “infiltrated servers at the headquarters of Huawei Technologies” in China. The ministry stated in a recent briefing that this “lay bare the United States’s hypocrisy and despotic rule“, according to the article.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng was quoted in the article to say, “For a while now, some Americans have jabbered on and on, condemning Chinese hacking attacks. But the truth is that this is without any basis in fact, it’s simply a thief crying ‘Stop, thief!’” The article stated that no comments regarding “what steps would be taken to strengthen Internet security” came from the ministry during this time. It is clear that the subject of “cyber-espionage” has affected the relationship between the U.S. and China as each country is “accusing the other of spying“, according to the article.
The article noted that the United States “does not spy to gain commercial advantage” according to what the White House has confirmed. In addition, Geng’s comments continued to warn the U.S. “not to sell arms to Taiwan” since the sale of weapons to this country have “long incensed Beijing“, according to the article. China has long acknowledged the nation of Taiwan as a “rogue province“, according to the report.
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