The United States funded groups linked to the ongoing Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong, according to whistleblowing website Wikileaks. The website tweeted that key figures behind the demonstrations are linked to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a U.S. foundation "dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world," according to its website, but which has been linked with coup attempts and "regime change" plans in Venezuela and elsewhere
Beijing: Miffed with the US over indictment of five People's Liberation Army officers over commercial cyber espionage charges, China accused the US of hypocrisy and double standards. Chinese Defence Ministry posted a statement on its website, saying, "From 'WikiLeaks' to the 'Snowden' case, US hypocrisy and double standards regarding the issue of cyber-security have long been abundantly clear".
The computer security company, McAfee, says it has uncovered the largest series of cyber-attacks to date. In a report released on Wednesday and reported by the Reuters news agency, McAfee announced that 72 organisations had their networks intruded upon by a single, unnamed "state actor". McAfee has declined to name the "state actor" responsible for the attacks, but one security expert told Reuters that evidence points to China.
WikiLeaks has reportedly revealed China tried to set up a spy base in Australia's near neighbour, East Timor. Leaked US diplomatic cables show China offered to construct and operate a surveillance radar facility on East Timor's north coast in 2007.
The equipment supplied by Zibo Chemet includes technology and expertise that would allow the Iranian company to produce glass-lined reactor vessels resistant to the chemicals they contain.
Although Chinese authorities were quick to block access to the WikiLeaks website on the mainland, such censorship was hardly necessary. What the most recent leaks reveal about China is remarkably mundane, and will do little to damage Beijing or its foreign relations. - Wu Zhong (Dec 7, '10)
There is a very real danger that some analysts, diplomats, commentators and politicians are taking all that is revealed by Wikileaks at face value, without questioning the veracity of some of the information gleaned from third sources and some of the information transmitted back by US diplomats, believing as they did that they were doing so under the cloak of anonymity. Take for instance the views of US diplomats who had met with their South Korean counterparts and who had apparently discussed China s attitude to North Korea. We learn from Wikileaks that the more sophisticated Chinese foreign policy officials (and there I was thinking that all Chinese foreign policy officials are sophisticated it goes with the terrain) believed that North Korea was increasingly behaving "like a spoilt child."
The WikiLeaks cables on North Korea present a picture of an economy that is becoming haltingly integrated with China's market-driven behemoth, belying claims in the same disclosures that China is disengaging from its neighbor. The flip side of North Korea's ambivalent relationship with the Chinese is its seemingly futile desire to establish relations with the United States.