China accuses US of 'hypocrisy' as hacking row escalates
Published on May 20, 2014 6:37 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing summoned the US ambassador and accused Washington of double standards on Tuesday, as a diplomatic row escalated over the unprecedented indictment of five Chinese military officers for cyber-espionage.
The world's top two economies have long been at loggerheads over hacking and China's defence ministry denounced Washington's allegations as "a pure fabrication by the US, a move to mislead the public based on ulterior motives".
"From 'WikiLeaks' to the 'Snowden' case, US hypocrisy and double standards regarding the issue of cyber-security have long been abundantly clear," the ministry said in a statement on its website.
China also summoned US ambassador Max Baucus to lodge a "solemn representation" over the indictment, suspended cooperation with the US on cyber-security issues and banned the use of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system on all new government computers.
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