the field of internet technology and infrastructure, the US is
blessed with an advantage, so fabricating some so-called ‘evidence’
is certainly no hardship," Chinese
Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said, as quoted by
Last week, the US Justice Department (DOJ)
accused five Chinese officers of hacking into American companies to
steal trade secrets and pass them on to Chinese state-owned
The summary of the alleged conduct released
by the DOJ contained detailed information about the alleged
perpetrators and their activities, which included domain names and
email addresses used in the attacks.
But Geng compared
Washington's evidence of Chinese cyber spying to its justification
for the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Back then, the
Americans stated that Baghdad was in possession of weapons of mass
destruction, but the accusations later appeared to be
international community has not seen the US’ so-called proof.
They've only seen the massive conflict and hardship endured by the
people of Iraq," Geng
The harsh comments from the Defense Ministry
were echoed by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which also held a
briefing on Thursday.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gan
used the same wording, saying that Washington's proof of Chinese
cyber espionage is “fabricated.”
have repeatedly said that the Chinese government, military and
relevant personnel have never engaged or participated in cyber
espionage activities,” Qin
said, as quoted by Japan's Kyodo news agency.
be rigorous on others, while being lenient itself,” the
spokesman stressed, reminding of the country's large-scale cyber
snooping activities revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Wednesday, a Chinese general labeled the US “the
world's No.1 cyber thief” in
terms of both military and political intelligence.
is ridiculous for the US side to say that cyber espionage on
political and military intelligence is common practice while the
theft of commercial secrets is illegal,” Sun
Jianguo, deputy chief of General Staff of the Chinese People's
Liberation Army, told China Daily newspaper.
described Washington’s actions in the Chinese cyber espionage
affair as “a
thief crying 'stop thief,'”adding
that it seriously violates the norms of international relations and
hampers China-US relations.
Earlier this week, it
was reported that
state-owned Chinese companies will end their work with US consulting
companies such as McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group, over fears
they are spying on behalf of the US government.
leadership has also reportedly urged banks
to stop using IBM servers and replace them with local-made machines
amid fears that the nation’s financial security might be
compromised via the US-based company’s servers.