China Denies Cyber Theft of U.S. Arms Designs

The United States is wrong in asserting China employed cyber assaults to obtain design data on U.S. ballistic missile defense platforms and other arms technologies, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Thursday, adding the government in Beijing is a self-sufficient producer of such equipment.

A recent assessment by the Pentagon's Defense Science Board "both underestimates [U.S.] defensive security abilities and the Chinese people's intelligence," Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said in comments reported by Reuters.

"China absolutely has the ability to build the weapons needed for national security," Geng added in remarks carried by the Defense Ministry's website. "Recently China's aircraft carrier, new fighter jets and transport aircraft ... have clearly shown this."

Obama administration staffers were aware of the findings when they began preparations for a June meeting between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Associated Press reported. The leaders could confer on the assessment, along with North Korean and Iranian atomic activities and Syria's 2-year-old civil war, according to AP.

May 30, 2013
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The United States is wrong in asserting China employed cyber assaults to obtain design data on U.S. ballistic missile defense platforms and other arms technologies, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Thursday, adding the government in Beijing is a self-sufficient producer of such equipment.

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