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China defence ministry dismisses US cyberspying paper

Published on May 30, 2013 6:29 PM
 
Visitors walk past a tank at the Chinese Military Museum in Beijing on May 8, 2013. A spokesman for Beijing's defence ministry said on Thursday that a Pentagon report accusing Chinese hackers of accessing US weapon designs contained "misjudgements", adding that China could build weapons on its own without having to steal designs from others. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - A Pentagon report accusing Chinese hackers of accessing US weapon designs contained "misjudgements", a spokesman for Beijing's defence ministry said on Thursday, adding that China could build weapons on its own.

US officials, confirming a Washington Post report, had said the breaches were part of a large-scale cyber spying campaign against top US defence contractors and government agencies.

In a statement posted on the defence ministry website, spokesman Geng Yansheng said: "There are misjudgements in the US claims."

"First they underestimate the security defence capabilities of the Pentagon and second they underestimate the intelligence of the Chinese people."

 
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