Beijing authorities comment on the US report that accuses the Chinese military of cyber espionage. The Communist Party representatives expressed â€œfirm oppositionâ€ to the document, saying it misrepresents China’s development in the field.
â€œChina’s justified and normal military developmentâ€ Â had been unjustly criticized in the U.S. in irresponsible remarks, said Hong Lei, a Foreign Ministry spokesman.
The spokesman also said China’s military development is designed exclusively to safeguard the countryâ€™s independence, and doesnâ€™t target any other state.
The US Defense Department issued the annual report “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” a couple of days ago. The document made waves in China by saying it represents a growing threat to US economic security, as the worldâ€™s number one cyber spy.
â€œAuthoritative writings and Chinaâ€™s persistent cyber intrusions indicates the likelihood that Beijing is using cyber network operations (CNOs) as a tool to collect strategic intelligence,â€ Â the Pentagon report read. â€œChinese actors are the worldâ€™s most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage.â€
The US document also pointed to data theft and intellectual property infringements. According to the report, the main source for cyber-intrusions and data theft in 2011 was China.
The report is the latest in a series of US military releases that highlight concerns with Chinaâ€™s long-term military modernization efforts.