China demands US explanation on NSA cyber-spying reports

Monday, March 24, 2014
By Paul Martin
24 March 2014

Beijing demanded an explanation from Washington Monday over reports that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on Chinese ministries, banks and other companies.

“These activities must stop,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

Reports which appeared in German magazine Der Spiegel over the weekend said the NSA had infiltrated the networks of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, to gather information about targets including former Chinese president Hu Jintao.

Beijing did not say whether it had found proof of NSA spying on Chinese networks.

The US National Security Agency spied on the leaders of China as well as Chinese banks and the telecommunications giant Huawei, a German news magazine reported Saturday in its online edition.

Former Chinese president Hu Jintao was among those targeted, according to the media, which said its source for the information was documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The foreign and trade ministries in Beijing also were spied on by the NSA, according to Spiegel.

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