WASHINGTON DC – On Saturday US Democratic presidential aspirant hopeful Hillary Clinton has alleged China of stealing commercial secrets and government information. She blamed China of “trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move in America”.
The U.S. has blamed China for a series of high-profile cyber-attacks on U.S. government and business entities in recent years.
US officials had named China as the chief suspect in the massive hack of the records of a US government agency earlier this year.
China has strongly rejected the allegations and called US claims “irresponsible”.
While speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Clinton said, “China was stealing secrets from defense contractors and had taken “huge amounts of government information, all looking for an advantage.”
She added, “She wanted to see China’s peaceful rise but that the US needed to stay “fully vigilant”.
She also added “China’s military is growing very quickly, they’re establishing military installations that again threaten countries we have treaties with, like the Philippines because they are building on contested property.”
US officials have blamed China for a major data breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that was revealed in June 2015.
US intelligence Chief James Clapper called China a “leading suspect” after the incident.
The hack against the OPM is not the first time that China has been blamed for a cyber-attack against the US.
An earlier attempt to breach OPM networks was blocked in March 2014, with the US saying China was behind the attack.
Hillary’s language on China appeared to be far stronger than that usually used by President Barack Obama’s Democratic administration.
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