355881_Hong- LeiBeijing has demanded a clear explanation from Washington over reports of espionage by the US National Security Agency (NSA) on Chinese institutions. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, said on Monday that Beijing is gravely concerned about the claims and demands that any such spying be stopped. “China has already lodged many complaints with the United States about reports of its espionage activities,” the Chinese official added. The spying revelations were reported by the German weekly Der Spiegel and the US daily New York Times, which said the NSA began targeting Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei, in early 2009. According to the reports, the NSA had hacked into the email servers of Huawei and targeted several government institutions.MORE