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Washington: US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has accused China of stealing commercial secrets and government information, saying the country is “trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move in America”, and urged vigilance, BBC reported on Sunday.

US officials, earlier this year, named China as the chief suspect in the massive hack of the records of a US government agency.

But China denied any involvement, and called US claims “irresponsible”.

Speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Clinton, the former secretary of state, said China was stealing secrets from defence contractors and had taken “huge amounts of government information, all looking for an advantage”.

Clinton, who is running her presidential campaigns in the US has maintained her position atop the Democratic field.

Clinton said she wanted to see China’s peaceful rise but that the US needed to stay “fully vigilant”.

“China’s military is growing very quickly, they’re establishing military installations that again threaten countries we have treaties with, like the Philippines, because they are building on contested property,” she said.

US officials have blamed China for a major data breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that was revealed in June.

(IANS)

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China Will Get an ‘Understanding India’ Programme To Facilitate Cultural Exchange

"We would like to demystify the idea of India through this programme."

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India plans to launch an “Understanding India” programme in China to “demystify” the country and create a better understanding of it.

Despite being immediate neighbours, India and China lack people-to-people contact and cultural exchange.

Indian Council of Cultural Relations President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who was in Beijing to attend the World Congress of Philosophy, said that by watching Bollywood and reading websites one can know India only superficially.

India and China on Saturday agreed on a joint economic project in Afghanistan, sources said after a two-day summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping here.
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“India cannot be understood by simply reading books and visiting websites. India is an experience,” Sahasrabuddhe said.

“In most big countries like China, we are trying to have some kind of ‘Understanding India’ programme which will be a structural programme.”

The Rajya Sabha MP said that India was a “riddle” to the people outside because of its diversity and coexistence of masses despite the economic disparity in the country.

“We would like to demystify the idea of India through this programme,” Sahasrabuddhe added.

He also said the Indian cultural centres across the world that don’t have any name will be named after Indian monk Swami Vivekananda.

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The cultural centre at the Indian Embassy in Beijing was named after the spiritual leader on Tuesday.

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“We respect everybody. There are Nehru centres; there are Mahatma Gandhi centres; there are Tagore centres but there are centres that did not have any names… so we thought it was fit to name all those under Swami Vivekananda because he symbolizes Indian culture in a multiple ways. He is an inspirational hero,” said Sahasrabuddhe.

There are 37 Indian cultural centres in the world. (IANS)