Reports that the U.S. National Security Agency infiltrated servers
at the headquarters of Huawei Technologies Co. "lay bare the United
States's hypocrisy and despotic rule," ministry spokesman Geng
Yansheng told a briefing.
"For a while now, some Americans have jabbered on and on, condemning
Chinese hacking attacks," he said. "But the truth is that this is
without any basis in fact, it's simply a thief crying 'Stop,
The ministry did not say what steps would be taken to strengthen
The White House has said that the U.S. does not spy to gain
commercial advantage. Cyber-espionage has cast a shadow over
China-U.S. ties, with each side accusing the other of spying.
On Saturday, The New York Times and German magazine Der Spiegel
published articles on information about Huawei contained in
classified documents given to journalists by former NSA contractor
In the same briefing, Geng warned the United States not to sell arms
to Taiwan, which China sees as a rogue province. U.S. sales of
weapons to the democratic and self-ruled island have long incensed
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Asked about a mass stabbing at a train station in a southwestern
city in March that left 29 dead and about 140 wounded, Geng said
that the military was well prepared to "strike back at all kinds of
violent terrorist activities".
(Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan and Li Hui;
editing by Clarence
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