China foreign minister rejects hacking accusations

BEIJING (AP) - China's foreign minister has rejected accusations that the country's military was behind massive hacking attacks on U.S. and other foreign targets and called for more international cooperation in policing the Internet.

Yang Jiechi is the highest-level Chinese official to comment on the claims in a widely endorsed report last month by U.S. cybersecurity firm Mandiant that traced hacking attacks to a Chinese military unit based in Shanghai.

Although he did not address specific accusations in his comments Saturday, Yang described the claims as a politically motivated smear campaign.

Speaking at an annual news conference in Beijing during the National People's Congress, Yang said China was a major target for hacking attacks and that it supported international regulations under the U.N. to keep the Internet peaceful, free and secure.

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