China: Pentagon report on espionage is "groundless"

BEIJING Tue May 7, 2013 3:15am EDT

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BEIJING May 7 (Reuters) - China expressed on Tuesday its opposition to "groundless accusations" and "hype" after the Pentagon said that China is using espionage to acquire technologies to fuel its fast-paced military modernisation programme.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments at a regular briefing.

It was the first time the annual Pentagon report had cited Beijing for targetting U.S. defence networks.