China slammed the U.S. Monday for indicting five Chinese Army officials on hacking charges, saying Washington’s move was “ungrounded and absurd” and that Beijing is responding by halting participation in joint cyber talks pursued by officials from both sides over the past year.
“Given the lack of sincerity on the part of the US to solve issues related to cyber security through dialogue and cooperation, China has decided to suspend activities of the China-US Cyber Working Group,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Qin Gang said following the U.S. Justice Department’s announcement of charges.
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“China will react further to the US ‘indictment’ as the situation evolves,” she said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.
The Justice Department announced on Monday morning that U.S. authorities had charged five individuals in the Chinese Army with hacking into U.S. company computers in an attempt to steal trade secrets and gain a competitive advantage. The indictment marks the first time in U.S. history that criminal charges have been filed against another country for computer espionage.
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