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U.k. Report on Chinese Spying 'unsubstantiated'


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A Chinese military expert Sunday (January 31) refuted claims by the U.K.'s national security intelligence agency that China has engaged in commercial espionage, calling the claims unsubstantiated.

The U.K. security service, known as MI5, has lodged complaints against China for allegedly "bugging and burgling U.K. business executives," plus plotting temptation snares to obtain confidential business information, according to The Times newspaper in London.

A leaked 14-page report, compiled by MI5's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, claimed that U.K. businessmen at trade fairs and exhibitions are easy targets of Chinese intelligence agents. The traders have allegedly been entrapped by "hospitable" Chinese secret agents presenting gifts of "cameras and memory sticks" harboring electronic Trojan bugs that purportedly render computers vulnerable to intrusion and information theft.

"The MI5's report is purely unfounded fabrication," Dai Xu, a military strategist, told the Global Times.

From Global Times
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