December 20, 2018 / 4:09 PM / a month ago

UK has strong relationship with China, condemns hacking - PM's spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s relationship with China is strong enough to allow it to criticise the country for computer hacking and attempts to steal industrial secrets, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman told reporters on Thursday.

“We enjoy a strong and constructive relationship with China and that’s one which allows us to robustly address areas where we have differences, and this would be one example,” the spokesman said.

Earlier on Thursday, Britain said it was joining allies including the United States in holding China accountable for a global hacking campaign that targeted commercially confidential information.

Reporting by William James, writing by David Milliken; editing by Stephen Addison

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