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Huanqiu: How Can the U.S. Have the Cheek to Blame Others When It Leads the Stealing

Shen Dingli, Vice Dean of the Institute of International Affairs, Fudan University, published an article on Huanqiu (Global Times) commenting on the U.S.’s Internet Invasion of Chinese entities as exposed by Edward Snowden. Below are some excerpts from the article: 

"Whether it involves official communications from China’s state leaders or inside information from the departments of the Chinese government, they are all China’s secrets protected by Chinese law. Even in the information age, they belong to the scope of China’s information sovereignty. There is no chance that the U.S. does not understand this point. The U.S. used the same grounds in its accusation that China hacks the U.S. information network." 
"Then, are China’s state secrets not worth protecting? If U.S. secrets are secret and if China cannot touch them, then how can the U.S. wantonly touch China’s confidential information? Obviously, with regard to Internet security issues, the United States pursues a policy of imperialism. That is, other countries have to respect the information sovereignty of the United States, while the United States does not need to respect other countries’ information frontier." 

"No country will accept such extreme arrogance and selfish behavior." "Our government has asked the U.S. to explain why the U.S. invades China’s information territory. We can expect that the United States will not explain and apologize to our country. Neither will it offer compensation for the losses that their invasion caused or guarantee that they will no longer engage in such activities in the future. If so, the United States has no grounds for blaming other countries that carry out those same activities on the United States or for expecting other countries not to retaliate against the U.S.’s Internet violations." 

"In the name of fighting terrorism, The United States wantonly invades the Information territory of other countries to steal information. What it does is completely beyond the legitimacy of counter-terrorism cooperation. … That the United States conducts such large-scale, high-level surveillance in the world only tells us that the United States has a strong desire to control the entire world. In its eyes, there is no such concept as country equality and mutual respect for sovereignty. What the U.S. wants is to maintain its long-term dominance of the world and prevent the development and rise of other countries." 

“The U.S. government should know that, in the Internet world, America’s leading technology may not be absolute; nor is it ever-lasting. If today the United States takes the lead to steal, tomorrow it may find out that it is itself that will undergo even worse suffering when others steal from the United States.” 

Source: Huanqiu, March 25, 2014