After Hagel Slaps China, China Slaps Back
Defense chief calls out Beijing on cyber espionage
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2013 6:08 AM CDT
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivers his keynote address at a summit in Singapore.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

(Newser) – When defense chief Chuck Hagel blamed China yesterday for cyberattacks in the US, it didn't sit well with some Beijing officials in the audience at a Singapore summit. "The United States has expressed our concerns about the growing threat of cyber intrusions, some of which appear to be tied to the Chinese government and military," said Hagel, following what the Washington Post calls the new US strategy of calling out Beijing publicly on cyber-spying. “We are determined to work more vigorously with China and other partners to establish international norms of responsible behavior in cyberspace."

After he spoke, a Chinese general got up and delivered what both the Post and the AP describe as a "wry" retort. "Thank you for mentioning China several times," said Maj. Gen. Yao Yunzhu, her comment drawing chuckles and murmurs. She then called attention to the growing US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region and said Washington makes the case that it is not intended to counter Beijing. "China is not convinced," she said.

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Jun 4, 2013 8:52 AM CDT
How about we stop providing such advanced education to students we know will return to their homelands to turn it against us? It is almost as foolish as providing sophisticated weapons systems to countries who hate us!.
Jun 3, 2013 9:04 AM CDT
With all the secrets China has stolen from America we should charge them a few trillion dollars for technology they would never have come up with without stealing them from us. They can say whatever China is the biggest thief on the planet and if they ever think they can attack us by surprise you better believe they will.
Jun 3, 2013 5:33 AM CDT
Whoa! Who changed the long-standing rule that the USA is allowed to talk BS and no-one calls them on it?