Tags: NSA/Surveillance | nsa | leak | china | us

Reports: NSA Leaks Could Further Strain US-China Ties

Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 02:52 AM


  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

HONG KONG — The disclosure of a huge U.S. electronic surveillance program will test U.S.-China relations already strained by Washington's accusations of cyber-spying by Beijing, state media said on Thursday.

Chinese media had remained relatively quiet during a public holiday about bombshell revelations by a former U.S. government subcontractor of massive phone and Internet spying.

Adding to the diplomatic complications, the 29-year-old source of the information, Edward Snowden, has flown to the semi-autonomous Chinese city of Hong Kong and vowed to resist extradition.

Snowden also told Hong Kong's South China Morning Post on Wednesday that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has hacked computers in China and Hong Kong since 2009.

The program "is certain to stain Washington's overseas image and test developing Sino-U.S. ties," the China Daily cited analysts as saying.

"How the case is handled could pose a challenge to the burgeoning goodwill between Beijing and Washington given that Snowden is in Chinese territory and the Sino-U.S. relationship is constantly soured on cybersecurity," it said.

An analyst cited by the paper noted the irony that the U.S. surveillance program was exposed just as Washington has intensified its public accusations of Chinese state-backed cyberattacks — an allegation which Beijing vehemently denies.

The two sides' presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping discussed the issue at a two-day summit in California last week.

"It turns out that the biggest threat to the pursuit of individual freedom and privacy in the U.S. is the unbridled power of the government," the paper quoted China Foreign Affairs University researcher Li Haidong as saying.

Leaks and reports have revealed that the NSA is tapping the servers of nine Internet giants including Apple, Facebook, and Google, and collecting a vast sweep of phone records.

The revelations have triggered huge debate about privacy and security.

As of Thursday afternoon, Snowden's claims of U.S. hacking targeting China were topping the headlines on the leading Chinese Web portals Sina, Sohu, and Tencent.

© AFP 2014

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

John Kerry to Cuba: 'Tear Down The Digital Wall'

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 12:12 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry issued a challenge to Cuba to "tear down the digital wall," evoking former President Ronal . . .

US Leads 22 More Air Strikes Against Islamic State

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 08:55 AM

The U.S.-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Monday and 10 strikes Iraq,  . . .

Pope Francis: Vatican Brass Diseased With Power and Greed

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 08:45 AM

The Vatican's top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved