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Chinese spokesman says no idea why US feels ‘so insecure’

BEIJING — Beijing has no idea why the United States feels ‘‘so insecure,’’ a Chinese spokesman said Wednesday, responding to an American government report singling out China as among the countries posing the greatest cyber threats.

The United States remains the world’s top major power, with ‘‘unparalleled’’ military strength, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regularly scheduled news briefing.

‘‘I have no idea why the US still feels so insecure,’’ Geng said.

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US officials have accused China — including its military — of operating a sweeping hacking operation targeting the Pentagon, defense contractors, and other targets.

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In addition to stealing secrets and intellectual property, the operations could also be used to attack the US financial system, power grid, and other critical infrastructure in the event of a conflict.

associated press