China's foreign ministry has dismissed US accusations that it facilitated the departure of fugitive Edward Snowden as "groundless and unacceptable".
Spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular briefing that all parties should accept that the Hong Kong government had handled Snowden's case in accordance with the law.
The White House said Hong Kong's decision was "a deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive despite a valid arrest warrant, and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the US-China relationship."
Precisely how US fugitive Edward Snowden got out of Hong Kong remains a mystery, but many here in China are hailing him as a hero.
Edward Snowden is believed to be in Moscow and was not on a flight to Havana earlier as expected.
Whatever you think of Edward Snowden, he's changed the way the world's two largest powers deal with each other.