Report: Australian DM off-line in China to avoid spying

By REUTERS
June 6, 2012 04:43

CANBERRA - Australia's Defence Minister Stephen Smith left his laptop and mobile phone in Hong Kong to avoid cyber espionage in mainland China where he will attend bilateral defense minister talks on Wednesday, Australian media reported.

Smith will hold an inaugural defense ministers' dialogue with his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie, where the two are expected to discuss China's concerns about US marines being stationed in northern Australia.The United States has accused "Chinese actors" of being the world's biggest perpetrators of economic espionage and US security experts warn of a rising number of Internet-based attacks originating from China on US corporate and government computers. China rejects the charges.


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