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Reported U.S. Spying Prompts China to Strengthen Internet Security

According to an article published by Reuters, the Chinese Defense Ministry announced Thursday that they would strengthen "_internet security_" after receiving reports of the U.S. government spying on a "_major telecommunications firm_" located in the country. The article indicates that these reports showed how the United States National Security Agency (NSA) "_infiltrated servers at 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. 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.

Read more about China's plans and how spying reports have affected the relationship between them and the United States here at the full article.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  March 28, 2014

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