China says it is opposed to all forms of hacking

BEIJING (AP) - China says it opposes computer hacking and wants to work with Washington to counter such activities, following new claims that the country used cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 US weapons programmes and almost 30 other defence technologies.

Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang did not directly address the allegations on Wednesday, which were included in a US Defence Science Board report released earlier this year but are only now being discussed publicly.

He said, however, that China opposes all hacking and referred to an agreement with the US to form a cybercrime working group.

Chinese hacking has long been seen as a threat to US national security, and the latest claims allege a wide range of systems were compromised, from air defence missiles to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.