( Reuters ) – China has violated an agreement with the United States aimed at stopping cyber espionage by hacking government and corporate data, a senior US intelligence official said Thursday ,
When asked if China violated the 2015 agreement between then-President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, and National Security Agency representative Rob Joyce said, "We believe they are.
However, he added that the number and number of attacks had decreased. dramatically "since the agreement.
" Although it is not black and white (China), the agreement has reached the agreement or has not met the agreement, but it is clear that today it goes well beyond the boundaries of the agreement said Joyce.
Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, rejected US allegations on Friday in Beijing.
"The US accusations have no substantive basis. China resolutely opposes them, "she said in a daily newscast.
China and the US have important common interests in cyberspace," Hua said.
. "We urge the US side to cease its baseless criticism of China and to meet China is helping to jointly preserve the two countries' momentum for cybersecurity cooperation and communication," she said.
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The two leaders said they agreed that no government would knowingly support cyber theft of corporate secrets or business information.
However, the agreement ended any promise to refrain from traditional cyber espionage from government to government for educational purposes.
This could be the massive hacking of the US Federal Government's human resources office this year, which has endangered the data of more than 20 million people. US officials have traced this back to China but have not said whether they believe the Chinese government is responsible.
The United States and China will hold a delayed high-level security dialogue on Friday, the latest sign of a thaw in the EU The tense relations of countries in a continuing trade dispute ahead of a scheduled meeting between US President Donald Trump and the United States Chinese President Xi at the summit of the Group of 20 in Argentina in late November.
() Report by Christopher Bing; Additional reporting by Michael Martina in Beijing, editorial by G Crosse )