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China confronts US ambassador after accusations of cyberspying

Published on May 20, 2014 2:21 PM
 
This combination of images released by the FBI on May 19, 2014 shows five Chinese hacking suspects. The United States on May 19, 2014 charged five members of a shadowy Chinese military unit for allegedly hacking US companies for trade secrets, infuriating Beijing which suspended cooperation on cyber issues. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China summoned the US ambassador after the US accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets, warning Washington it could take further action, state media said on Tuesday.

The US Ambassador to China, Max Baucus, met with Zheng Zeguang, assistant foreign minister, on Monday shortly after the US charged the five Chinese, accusing them of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets.

Zheng "protested" the actions by the US, saying the indictment had seriously harmed relations between both countries, state news agency Xinhua said.

Zheng told Baucus that depending on the development of the situation, China "will take further action on the so-called charges by the US".

 
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