中国外交部说，美国的指控纯属无中生有，并表示这种指控将损害两国政府间的互信。 作为抗议， 北京表示将中止中美网络工作组的活动。
China Summons US Ambassador After Spying Charges
China has summoned the U.S. ambassador after Washington charged five Chinese military officers with conducting economic espionage against American companies.
The official Xinhua news agency says Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang told U.S. Ambassador Max Baucus the charges "seriously harmed" U.S.-China relations.
China has rejected the criminal allegations, the first ever leveled by the U.S. against a foreign power for cybercrimes targeting American businesses.
U.S. officials accuse a unit of China's People's Liberation Army of hacking into the computers of U.S. companies working in nuclear technology, solar power and the steel industry.
The top U.S. prosecutor, Attorney General Eric Holder, said Monday that Washington "categorically denounces" the military espionage that provided "significant" information for Chinese companies, including state-owned enterprises.
China's foreign ministry denounced the charges as "fabricated" and said Beijing is suspending the activities of a Sino-U.S. Internet working group.
In a statement Tuesday, China's Defense Ministry accused the U.S. of having "ulterior motives" and denounced what it said was Washington's "hypocrisy and double standards."
CIA: No More Using Vaccination Programs for Spying
The White House has pledged that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as a cover for spying operations, three years after the agency used the ruse in Pakistan before the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
A White House spokesperson says President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, Lisa Monaco, responded to a letter from the deans of about a dozen prominent public health schools last week who were concerned the ruse could cause serious consequences to public health efforts.
Monaco told the deans the CIA has agreed it would no longer use vaccination programs or workers for intelligence purposes. The CIA also agreed not to use genetic materials obtained through such programs.
In 2011, the CIA recruited Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi to offer a program of hepatitis vaccinations in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad as cover to obtain DNA samples from the bin Laden compound. The United States wanted to make sure bin Laden was there before launching an operation into another country.
Afridi was convicted of treason and sentenced to 33 years in a Pakistani prison. The sentence was overturned in 2013, and Afridi now faces a retrial.