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China Media: US a 'Mincing Rascal,' Hypocrite on Spying
Because America spies on a host of foreign companies
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 21, 2014 2:47 PM CDT
The National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – China's media is crying hypocrisy over US allegations that its military spied on American companies, pointing out that the US isn't exactly a stranger to espionage. The Global Times decried the US a "mincing rascal" and a "high-level hooligan," that had "severely infringed" on the human rights of the five officials it's charging, Reuters and Bloomberg report. The People's Daily called the move "high-handed and hypocritical," while Xinhua called it a "farce" in which the US is "a robber playing cop."

As the New York Times points out today, the NSA collects data from a host of foreign companies, including Brazil's Petrobras, China Telecom, and Huawei, a Chinese maker of Internet equipment. It's also spied on the EU's antitrust commissioner. US officials tell the Times that the NSA never spies to benefit specific American companies, but that it does spy to advance US economic interests in general. China thinks the US distinctions between legal and illegal spying are contrived and self-serving, and has suspended a US-Sino cooperation group on cyber issues in retaliation for the indictments.

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Ezekiel 25:17
May 24, 2014 10:28 PM CDT
China has very little original innovation except brands of communism, socialism, concepts of face. The concept of face is at stake here. They do not invent, they steal. They steal US secrets to get a strong military and space program. China gets what China wants and does for China first always, screw Earth. Their scientists rarely invent anything as they spend most of their time reverse engineering things from the rest of the world. We think student exchange programs are all warm and fuzzy in reality they make their students sign sworn statements of espionage or they do not even get a passport to leave China. Even citizens of China who come here for tourism must sign the same party espionage agreements or else they don't get passports and province exit permits. I've traveled all over this big odd shaped rock and the State Department has yet to ask me to do the same anywhere I go. Even Chinese nationals who are allowed to immigrate here, they must report back or their remaining family can face consequences such as forced labor camps. Those reports are carefully handled by returning party members. They are never sent electronically.
Veritas
May 22, 2014 7:41 PM CDT
I am going to boycott Chinese food well except for sweet and sour pork and chow mein and egg rolls.
John Robin
May 22, 2014 6:07 PM CDT
I'm more worried about the NSA spying on Americans but our Congress thinks it's A okay! TERM LIMITS NEEDED!