Cyber charges put more strain US-China relations

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The indictment of five Chinese military officials on cyber espionage charges will intensify friction between Beijing and Washington.

Those tensions have only been growing as China gets bolder in asserting its territorial claims in disputed waterways in East Asia.

That doesn't mean there will be a fracture in the U.S.-China relationship, which remains vital for both of the world powers.

But it raises major doubts about the ability of U.S. and China to manage their differences, less than a year after President Barack Obama and China's President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) met in California, hoping to set a positive tone for the relationship.

China reacted swiftly to the indictment announced Monday. It rejected the accusations as "ungrounded and absurd." It also pulled out of talks on cyber security.