- Title: CHINA: China asks US for explanation after Snowden revelations
- Date: 17th June 2013
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (JUNE 17, 2013) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING WALKING INTO NEWS BRIEFING MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING SAYING: "We believe the United States should pay attention to the international community's concerns and demands and give the international community the necessary explanation." NEWS BRIEFING IN PROGRESS
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- Location: China
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- Story Text: China says U.S. should provide international community with an explanation after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked revelations of U.S. electronic surveillance.
China said on Monday (June 17) that the U.S. should provide the international community with an explanation after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of extensive and top-secret U.S. surveillance efforts.
"We believe the United States should pay attention to the international community's concerns and demands and give the international community the necessary explanation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a news briefing.
After fleeing to Hong Kong, Snowden told the South China Morning Post this week that the U.S. had spied extensively on targets including the Chinese University of Hong Kong that hosts an exchange which handles nearly all the city's domestic web traffic.
Other alleged targets included government officials, businesses and students.
The revelations of the U.S. surveillance programmes came days after Chinese President Xi Jinping met with U.S. President Barack Obama at a summit in California where cyber security was discussed.
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