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US 'very disappointed' with China on Snowden

Published on Jul 12, 2013 6:49 AM
 
A demonstrator from the pro-China "Caring Hong Kong Power" group protests over claims from former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) hacked computers in the Chinese territory, outside the US Consulate in Hong Kong July 9, 2013. US told China in talks on Thursday it was "very disappointed" that Beijing did not hand over US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden when he fled to Hong Kong. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) told China in talks on Thursday it was "very disappointed" that Beijing did not hand over US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden when he fled to Hong Kong.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, in a joint press appearance after two days of annual talks, said that the two countries' presidents agreed at a summit last month at the California resort of Sunnylands to work closely.

"That is why we were very disappointed with how the authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong handled the Snowden case, which undermined our effort to build the trust needed to manage difficult issues," Mr Burns said.

"We have made clear that the handling of this case was not consistent with the spirit of Sunnylands," said Mr Burns, who was filling in for Secretary of State John Kerry whose wife is ill.

 
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