A Snowden twist to the US-China tryst

PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelation will make things decidedly uncomfortable for White House and its bid to keep the Chinese honest on cyber intrusions.

Revelations by former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden will make it harder for the United States to confront China at talks this week over the alleged cyber theft of trade secrets worth hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

Snowden's disclosures of American electronic surveillance around the world give China an argument to counter US complaints that it steals private intellectual property (IP) from US companies and research centres.

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