China mindful of U.S. spying claims

BEIJING, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Cybersecurity should be a "common focus" for the international community given the latest accusations targeting the United States, Beijing said Friday.

"We have noticed relevant reports and the remarks by some nations' leaders. It is the latest testimony that cybersecurity is a common focus of all countries," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying was quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency as saying.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande reacted angrily to reports the U.S. National Security Agency was spying on them.

The Guardian newspaper in London reported this week it obtained a 2006 memo indicating a U.S. official provided the NSA with 200 phone numbers tied to dozens of world leaders.

The memo was provided by former NSA contractor Eric Snowden. It said U.S. government employees were encouraged to comb through their contact books and pass on the details of their contact information to the NSA.

The New York Times reported last month Chinese computer hackers, based in Shanghai, targeted at least 20 defense contractors tied to U.S. drone technology.

Beijing said there was no validity to the claims. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it was working with the United States to address cybersecurity issues jointly at the working group level.


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