China Premier Li rejects 'groundless' US hacking accusations

March 17, 2013

China's new premier Li Keqiang on Sunday rejected US accusations of hacking, saying that Beijing did not support cyber spying after President Barack Obama stepped up rhetoric on the issue.

"China itself is a major victim of ," Li told a news conference after China's parliament meeting. "China doesn't support cyber attacks. Indeed we oppose such activities.

"I think we should not make groundless accusations against each other and spend more time doing practical work that will contribute to cyber security," he said.

Last month, a report from US security firm said a unit of China's People's Liberation Army had stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organisations, mostly based in the United States.

The document provided the most detailed public account so far linking cyber attacks to China and provoked vehement denials from China.

Obama weighed in on the issue last week, saying that affecting US firms and infrastructure were increasing, and some were "state sponsored".

"We've made it very clear to China and some other state actors that, you know, we expect them to follow international norms and abide by international rules," he said in an interview with .

Li said that the China-US relationship, between the "biggest developing country and the biggest developed country", was vital and they should work to ensure their mutual interests outweighed their differences.

"Conflicts between big powers are not inevitable," he said, adding that visiting Washington officials had "told me candidly in our talks that they came for the US interests. I told them I work for Chinese interests."

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not rated yet Mar 18, 2013
OMG "Groundless" again.

How many times have they said its Groundless?

China will not build up, that is Groundless with no proof.

China will not build attack weapons but defensive weapons only. What the west has said is" groundless" and a full lie. WELL THEY DID.

China will not build aircraft carries & nor do we want them. "groundless" and a full lie with no proof.

Well they did and the only lie was from china once again. Let alone the fact when they said "groundless" a lie, it come out they had already signed the paper work to buy it before releasing that GOV statement to the world. Out right lie to the world on cnn / bbc, many country's getting a response from china leaders, lie after lie and recorded there full lie to us all.

I could be here all night but even saying no we will not use them for war, groundless, but for shipping lanes, was another thick lie, as there military come out saying they would use them in a war.

Just lie after lie even when proven.

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