National Security Adviser Susan Rice on balancing U.S.-China relations
Susan Rice warns China against cyber espionage against the US
President Obama characterized Beijing’s cyber espionage as an act of aggression
On Monday, the president’s national security adviser Susan Rice warned China that Beijing-backed cyber espionage is a major impediment to US-China relations. Cyber espionage must end, emphasized Susan Rice.
Rice made the announcement in Washington three days before Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official visit to the United States. Analysts expect the sides to have a frank conversation during the meeting of the two presidents scheduled for Friday, during which issues such as cyber espionage, the global economy and China’s territorial ambitions in the South China Sea will be discussed..
“This is not just a slight annoyance,” Rice said in connection with numerous incidents involving information theft by Beijing. “This is an issue of economic and national security that poses a serious threat to our bilateral relations.”.
Speaking at George Washington University, the presidential national security adviser said espionage to obtain personal and corporate information “in the economic interests of business, threatens our long-term economic cooperation.”.
She also said that during the meeting with Chinese President Barack Obama will raise the issue of human rights violations by Beijing and will insist on ensuring unhindered and safe navigation in the disputed areas of the South China Sea..
President Obama also spoke about cybersecurity issues last week. Speaking to business representatives, he said that China’s theft of trade secret information is “an act of aggression that we must stop.”.
US officials are proposing sanctions against Beijing, and the president said Washington is preparing “a range of measures” designed to demonstrate to China that “we’re not just mildly annoyed in this case.”.
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