Does China’s government hack US companies to steal secrets?
This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping is making his first official visit to the US. It takes place against a background of accusations flung by both the US and China over state-backed hacking.
On Monday this week, a US national security adviser warned China that the hacking must stop and said it put an “enormous strain” on the relationship between the two nations.
How has China responded to the accusations?
It has denied everything.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr Xi said: “The Chinese government does not engage in theft of commercial secrets in any form, nor does it encourage or support Chinese companies to engage in such practices in any way.”
He went on to say that cyber-theft of industrial secrets was a crime as were hack attacks against government networks.
Both should be punished according to “law and relevant international conventions”.
The president’s comments echo many others made by Chinese state spokespeople over the years who regularly dispute the accusations levelled at them.