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US senator seeks China aid on nuke threat, hacks

US Senator Carl Levin called on China to continue to assist efforts to contain the nuclear threat posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and stop cyber attacks against the US and American organizations, which China denied.
Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, described the cyberattacks as “major threats” to US-China relations.
“We’ve got to find ways to persuade China it’s not in their interest and it doesn’t benefit our relationship for these kinds of attacks to continue,” the Michigan Democrat told a meeting at the Washington office of Council on Foreign Relations on Monday.
Earlier this month, Levin announced that he won’t seek a seventh term in the Senate and will retire at the end of his current term in January 2015.
His talk came a week after US National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon urged Beijing to recognize the urgency of the problem and crack down on hackers.
On Sunday, China’s new premier, Li Keqiang, rejected the US accusations.
“China does not support but indeed opposes such attacks,” Li said at his first news conference since becoming head of the cabinet.

A day after Donilon spoke, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China has long urged the international community to make cyberspace peaceful, open and cooperative and opposed turning it into a battlefield.
The US has lobbed numerous accusations against China over cyber attacks, with Beijing responding with denials. It has also said that most of the hacking attacks against Chinese entities originated from the United States.

“A former State Department official told China Daily on condition of anonymity that recent media reports in the US regarding Chinese cyber attacks have overlooked the fact that the US has conducted many such activities.”

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