US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has accused China on Saturday of stealing commercial secrets and “trying to hack everything that doesn’t move in America.”
Speaking at a campaign event in the northeastern state of New Hampshire, former New Hampshire and New York senator said China is stealing secrets from defense contractors and had taken “huge amounts of government information, all looking for an advantage.”
She called for vigilance against China, which she said is establishing military installations that threaten countries the United States has treaties with, such as the Philippines.
US officials had named China as the “leading suspect” in recent cyber breached at the US government’s human resources arm that affected millions of current and former federal employees.
China has denied the accusations and hailed the US claims as “irresponsible.”
She added that she wanted to see China's peaceful rise but that the US needed to stay "fully vigilant."
"China's military is growing very quickly, they're establishing military installations that again threaten countries we have treaties with, like the Philippines because they are building on contested property," she said.
The US has not openly accused the Chinese government of being behind the digital attack on the Office of Personnel Management, but various officials have said they are increasingly convinced this is the case.