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Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on the False Claims Against China by American Ambassador to Sweden

In a recent interview of Ambassador of the United States to Sweden Kenneth Howery with Swedish media, he again made malicious slanders on China, claiming that China “violates intellectual property rights, commits cyber thefts, conducts unfair trade and undermines security in the South China Sea”. Such claims are completely false and are actually “thieves crying theft”, which we firmly object.

China has been stepping up efforts to protect innovation and intellectual property rights, and has always stood against and cracked down on all forms of cyber attacks in accordance with law. The US has never been able to produce any evidence to support its accusations, which are totally baseless slanders against China. In fact, it is the US, the world’s most sophisticated IT power, that has long been committing wiretapping and cyber monitoring. Its Patriot Act requires IT companies to regularly provide data of users, and many American IT companies were exposed to have backdoors.

China has been firmly committed to free trade and defending the multilateral trading system with WTO at its center. It is the US that is going against the global trend, practicing economic bullying, unilateralism and hegemony, and willfully imposing tariffs to coerce and oppress other countries. The US is the biggest saboteur of global free trade and multilateral trading system. China and the EU including Sweden are all its victims, and all oppose the above practices of the US.

With the joint efforts of China and ASEAN countries, the situation in the South China Sea has been stable and improving. It is the US that has been frequently sending more war ships and planes to the area to flex its muscle, attempting to sow discord between China and ASEAN countries and sabotage the hard-won stability in the South China Sea. The US, not others, is the biggest threat to peace, stability and security in the South China Sea.

The comments by Mr Howery once again exposed the loud double standards and moral deficit of the US. We advise Mr Howery to immediately stop his slander on China, and stop creating any more lies.

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