Chinese state media today accused the United States of carrying out cyber espionage around the world in a bid to remain as a global superpower as the political tensions between the two countries continue to rise.
‘[Washington] has used its advantage in the telecommunication fields to monitor global communications all along,’ claimed People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of China‘s ruling Communist Party.
The paper said it was no surprise that the U.S. had been conducting secret surveillance because ‘it worries other countries would ruin the situation in which it dominates [the world] alone’.
People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party, today accused the United States of monitoring on countries around the world in a bid to keep its global dominant status. The Trump administration and Beijing have been locking horns during a bitter trade war
Washington has accused Chinese tech company Huawei of spying on Americans for Beijing. Pictured , Huawei’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei (second left) shows China’s President Xi (second right) around the company’s offices in London during Xi’s state visit to the UK in 2015
China and the U.S. have been locking horns during an intensifying trade war after Washington accused Beijing of conducting unfair trade practices and stealing U.S. technologies.
The trade war, which started last year, turned into a so-called ‘technology cold war’ after the Trump administration accused Chinese tech company Huawei of spying on Americans for Beijing – allegations Huawei has repeatedly denied.
Washington has blocked Huawei from its networks and issued orders to ban the Shenzhen-based firm from acquiring U.S. parts and technologies.
Trump has also urged other Western countries, including the UK, to block Huawei from their 5G networks due to alleged cyber spying.
Google then cut ties with the Chinese company and revoked its Android license – vital to the smartphones Huawei produces.
U.S. President Donald Trump has blocked Huawei from the U.S. networks based on allegations of cyber espionage and issued orders to ban the Chinese firm from using American suppliers
The U.S. has also accuses Chinese drone-maker DJI of spying on their users for Beijing. Pictured, a man checks a DJI drone during an electronics show in Shanghai on June 11
In today’s commentary, People’s Daily argued that the U.S. had never presented any evidence to prove that Chinese tech firms – including Huawei, Hikvision and drone-maker DJI – were spying on their users.
The reason why Washington is so worried about Chinese technologies is because they are measuring others’ corn by their own bushel, said the author.
The article also accused the U.S. of turning the internet into its private land.
The state-run newspaper cited Washington’s controversial phone surveillance program PRISM, exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013, and claimed that ‘the U.S. monitors 90 per cent of the global communications’.
Beijing accused Washington of reneging on their promise during the trade war talks. The two side failed to reach an agreement on tariffs earlier last month. Xi and Trump are pictured in their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 1, 2018
Xi was on a three-day state visit to ‘best friend’ Putin last week as China and Russia celebrate 70 years of diplomatic ties this year. Both nations face mounting political tensions with the U.S
To prove its point, the article cited an article from British Newspaper The Guardian from 2014, which claimed that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had covertly implanting interception tools in made-in-America servers to be exported overseas.
A 2013 article from Reuters was also cited, which alleged that the NSA had arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry.
To conclude, People’s Daily said both France and German had refused to block Huawei despite Washington’s pressure, and it ‘undoubtedly is a heavy blow to the U.S.’.
Tensions between Washington and Beijing rose sharply in May after the Trump administration accused China of having reneged on promises to make structural economic changes during months of trade talks.
People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of China’s Communist Party, previously said ‘stubborn’ Washington politicians are leading the U.S. astray during the trade war against China
The United States is seeking sweeping changes, including an end to forced technology transfers and theft of U.S. trade secrets. It also wants curbs on subsidies for Chinese state-owned enterprises and better access for U.S. firms in Chinese markets.
On May 10, Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods up to 25 percent and took steps to levy duties on an additional $300 billion in Chinese imports. Beijing retaliated with tariff hikes on a revised list of $60 billion in U.S. goods.
The U.S. government has also angered China by putting Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bans U.S. companies from doing business with the Chinese firm, the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker.
‘If the perpetrator wants to fight, we will beat him out of his wits,’ the lyrics of the privately produced song titled Trade War read. It has gathered more than 3.2 million views on WeChat
Investors worry China will retaliate by putting U.S. companies on a blacklist or banning exports to the United States of rare earth metals, which are used in products such as memory chips, rechargeable batteries and cell phones.
China yesterday said it would ‘fight to the end’ if the United States was to insist on escalating trade tensions – after U.S. President Donald Trump said further tariffs were ready to kick in if no deal was reached at a G20 summit this month.
Trump has repeatedly said he is getting ready to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Osaka summit at the end of June, but China has not confirmed it.
Trump said last week he would decide after the meeting of the leaders of the world’s largest economies whether to carry out a threat to impose tariffs on at least $300 billion in Chinese goods.