The Justice Department filed Monday criminal charges against members of the Chinese military, accusing them of conducting economic cyber-espionage against the United States.
The timing of this indictment is “very interesting,” said Don DeBar, an anti-war activist and radio host who spoke to Press TV on Tuesday, because almost simultaneously “[Russian President] Vladimir Putin was landing in China to have a high level meeting with the president of China.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday as the two leaders discussed bolstering ties in a context where the US has imposed sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine and is interfering in territorial disputes between China and Washington’s allies in the Asia-Pacific region.
“The context is one of the US attempting to exert power over both Russia and China with using the military that is its main tool,” and China and Russia are responding “by deepening their economic ties,” DeBar stated.
He added that China and Russia are negotiating “a number of very large commercial contracts including for energy supplies.”
“Russians are also hoping to work a number of military and space contracts for high-tech cooperation because Russia has an awful lot of advanced technology that China could use and this meeting is of course in the context of the economic sanctioning of Russia by the US, and to a limited degree the EU, and over hostility by the US towards Russia.”
The cyber-espionage charges against China follows vows by senior US officials to hold other nations accountable for stealing trade data from American industry.
Chinese officials denied the indictments and said “US was caught exactly doing what they are accusing China of doing and that is spying on European corporations for trade secrets that came out months ago,” DeBar continued.
"From 'WikiLeaks' to the 'Snowden' case, US hypocrisy and double standards regarding the issue of cyber-security have long been abundantly clear," China’s Defense Ministry said in response to US accusations in a statement on its website.
Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned on Monday US ambassador to Beijing Max Baucus, over the cyber-espionage charges filed against China.