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Chinese spokesman says no idea why US feels 'so insecure'

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has no idea why the U.S. feels "so insecure," a Chinese said today, responding to an report singling out as among the countries posing the greatest cyber threats.

The U.S. remains the world's top major power, with "unparalleled" military strength, foreign ministry told reporters at a regularly scheduled briefing.

"I have no idea why the US still feel so insecure," Geng said.

"We hope the U.S. will discard the zero-sum mindset, stop viewing big power relationship from the perspective of confrontation, follow the trend of times of peaceful development and work with and to jointly ensure the world peace and stability," Geng said.

The US report also listed Russia, and as posing major cyber threats. said Tuesday that the US must craft responses to minimize attacks.

US officials have accused including its military of operating a sweeping hacking operation targeting the Pentagon, defense contractors and other targets. In addition to stealing secrets and intellectual property, the operations could also be used to attack the US financial system, power grid and other critical infrastructure in the event of a conflict.

"Cyber has been a game-changer in many, many ways," Coats said. "The is under attack now."

China is seen as America's longtime rival for diplomatic influence and military dominance in While is moving swiftly to strengthen its military and expand its presence in the Sea, and elsewhere, American strength is shored up by robust alliances with countries such as Japan, and

Coats and other top intelligence officials appeared at a intelligence committee hearing Tuesday to discuss their annual assessment of global threats facing the

Along with the threat of cyberattacks, North Korea's pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States, Russian and Chinese aggression, and the standoff between Iranian and Saudi Arabia-backed proxies were all detailed in the 28-page paper.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 17:40 IST