WorldViews: Edward Snowden makes it easier for China to dismiss new spying charges

By Adam Taylor, May 19, 2014

On Monday, the Justice Department announced that it had charged five members of the Chinese military's now-notorious Unit 61398 for alleged economic cyber-espionage against U.S  companies.

The charges appear to be an unprecedented act against a foreign government, and the initial Chinese response shows fury. Not long after the charges were announced, China's Foreign Ministry released a statement that condemned the charges, arguing that the U.S. accusations were "purely fictitious" and "extremely absurd."

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