June 4 - The attacks by China's state media against U.S. tech giants come on the day marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Fred Katayama reports.
China is lashing back. Its state media struck out at Google, Apple and other U.S. tech titans for monitoring China and stealing secrets. The People's Daily said, "we will also severely punish the pawns" of the U.S. government. It and China Daily reported that Yahoo, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Facebook and others threaten the cyber security of China and its internet users. But they didn't spell out how they would carry out punishment. The media attacks come on the day marking the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, news that China is trying to suppress. And they come two weeks after the Justice Department charged that five Chinese military officers hacked U.S. companies to steal trade secrets. China has been going after American tech companies ever since National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden unveiled spying programs that seized data from American tech companies. State-owned firms have been dumping services from the likes of IBM and Oracle in favor of local technology. And China last month banned its central government offices from installing Microsoft's latest operating system. The attacks keep coming even though the U.S. internet giants themselves had urged Washington to reform and restrict its surveillance activities.