The U.S. Ambassador to China, Max Baucus, met with Zheng Zeguang, assistant foreign minister, on Monday shortly after the United States charged the five Chinese, accusing them of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets.
Zheng "protested" the actions by the United States, saying the indictment had seriously harmed relations between both countries, the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website. [...]
"If the case is not withdrawn, I expect the Chinese government to retaliate," said Jin Canrong, associate dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing.
The majority of China's Internet users are now furious because they think the United States has "double standards" on spying, Jin said, adding that negative domestic public opinion would have a detrimental effect on Sino-U.S. relations.
The leaks by National Security Administration contractor Edward Snowden have given China grounds for accusing the United States of infiltrating Chinese companies and government offices. [...]
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All very interesting, I knew this would come back to bite them in the ass in terms of foreign policy.
After all the NSA Snowden debacle, they don't operate with any "moral authority" to even discuss hacking and spying from other nations, seems somebody needs a reality pill, the impunity enjoyed locally won't fly on a world stage.
Do as we say, not as we do, is probably not the wisest foreign policy when dealing with China, or any other nation for that matter.