China demands ‘explanation’ from US over NSA spying claims
Foreign ministry expresses concerns over Huawei server hack alleged in Snowden documents
China has demanded an explanation from Washington regarding this week's revelations that the US National Security Agency gathered sensitive information from Huawei Technologies.
The reports from the New York Times and Germany's Der Spiegel magazine were based on documents leaked last summer to media by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The news coincided with US First Lady Michelle Obama's speech to Chinese students at Peking University, in which she characterised free access to information as a basic human right.
Hong Lei, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said his nation was "extremely concerned" about the allegations.
"Recently, the international media has put out a lot of reports about the eavesdropping, surveillance and stealing of secrets by the United States of other countries, including China," he said.
"China has already lodged many complaints with the United States about this. We demand that the United States makes a clear explanation and stop such acts."