China hopes Wik­iLeaks will not af­fect US ties

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

BEI­JING: China said on Tues­day that it hoped rev­e­la­tions in U.S. diplo­matic ca­bles re­leased by Wik­iLeaks would not af­fect ties with Washington.

Among the leaked ca­bles is one in which an uniden­ti­fied Chi­nese con­tact al­leged that the hack­ing of Google Inc, that led the In­ter­net com­pany briefly to pull out of China, was or­ches­trated by two mem­bers of China's Polit­buro, the nation's top rul­ing body. "It is ridicu­lous and not worth men­tion­ing," For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Jiang Yu said at a reg­u­lar news con­fer­ence. "We hope they will not af­fect bi­lat­eral ties with the United States." Cit­ing the ca­bles, the New York Times said China made re­peated and of­ten suc­cess­ful hack­ing attacks on the U.S. govern­ment, pri­vate en­ter­prises and Western al­lies as far back as 2002. Alan Eus­tace, Google's se­nior vice pres­i­dent for en­gi­neer­ing, de­clined to com­ment on re­ports, when asked about it on Tues­day at a Google fo­rum in Bei­jing. -Reuters

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