China says it never engages in cyber theft after U.S. charge

The Chinese government, military and relevant personnel never engage in cyber theft of trade secrets, the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Geng Shuang said during an online press conference on Tuesday.

Geng made the remarks after the U.S. charged four members of the Chinese military for breaking into the credit-reporting agency Equifax in 2017.

Geng said that Chinese government's position on cybersecurity is consistent and clear. China is a staunch defender of cybersecurity and firmly opposes and combats any kind of cyber-attack.

It has long been an open secret that relevant departments of the U.S. have been engaging in large-scale, organized and indiscriminate cyber stealing, spying and surveillance activities on foreign governments, enterprises and individuals, stated Geng. 

He then went on to mention the cases of WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden as evidence that the U.S. government's hypocrisy and double standard on cybersecurity have been fully revealed.

There's plenty of information that has been made public that points to U.S. cyber intrusion. surveillance and monitoring activities on foreign governments, institutions, enterprises, universities and individuals, including on its allies. China is also a victim to these activities, he noted.

China has lodged stern representations to the U.S. before, asking the country to give explanations and immediately stop such activities.