Foreign minister: China a 'major victim' of cyber attacks

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying refused to be drawn on the specifics of how an extradition battle would be dealt with between Beijing and Hong Kong.

However, she took the chance to respond to claims made by Edward Snowden; that China was targeted by the NSA spying programme.

She told reporters "...as we have repeatedly said China is one of the major victims" [of cyber attacks], adding that China was "opposed to all forms of cyber and hacker attacks".

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