US Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton aired accusations against China on Saturday, July 4. Speaking at a campaign event in the US state of New Hampshire, she claimed Chinese hackers had stolen “huge amounts of government information,” and were intent on “hacking into everything that doesn’t move in America,” according to Reuters.
US officials have blamed China for several cyber-security breaches over the past few years—most recently, when Chinese hackers reportedly got their hands on the personal data of millions of current and former US military and intelligence workers by infiltrating the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). US director of national intelligence James Clapper has said China is a “leading suspect” in the hack of OPM. Beijing has denied the allegations.
Clinton herself has been accused of exposing government information to potential cyber-breaches. She reportedly received sensitive information via a personal email address and used a home server during her time as secretary of state.
“China’s military is growing very quickly, and they are establishing military installations that again threaten countries we have treaties with,” Clinton said on Saturday, referring to ongoing territorial disputes over islands in the South China Sea between China and US allies such as the Philippines.
“Make no mistake, [the Chinese] know they’re in competition,” she added. “And they’re going to do everything they can to win.”