China denies U.S. spying charges; Major Diplomacy Battle Ahead
As I earlier reported in the case of a former Boeing aerospace engineer accused of funneling NASA technology to China for decades, a major dustup over allegations of long-term, systematic Chinese spying is ahead.
China denied Thursday that it was conducting espionage operations in the United States after the U.S. Justice Department accused four people this week of passing military secrets to the Chinese government.
The spying accusations were baseless and undermined relations between the two countries, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Liu Jianchao, said at a regular news conference.
"We urge the U.S. to stop its Cold War thinking and stop groundless accusations and do more to contribute to mutual trust and friendship between our two peoples," Liu said. "I think everyone is weary of this kind of farce and it should end."