US: Obama Pushed China on Cyberspying

President, Chinese leader Xi Jinping wrap up 2-day summit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 8, 2013 5:36 PM CDT
US: Obama Pushed China on Cyberspying
President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk at the Annenberg Retreat of the Sunnylands estate Saturday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Obama pushed Chinese President Xi Jinping to do more to address the online theft of US intellectual and other property coming from his country and said the hacking is "inconsistent with the kind of relationship we want to have with China," a top White House aide said. Obama national security adviser Tom Donilon said discussion of cybersecurity took up much of today's morning meeting between the two leaders, which ended with few policy breakthroughs but the prospect of stronger personal ties. Donilon said Obama described in detail instances of hacking against US companies by entities in China and said the US didn't have any doubt who was behind them.

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"The president underscored that resolving this issue was really key to future economic US-China relations," Donilon told reporters after about eight hours of meetings yesterday and today. The gathering at the sprawling Sunnylands estate in the California desert was their first meeting since Xi took office in March. Xi's senior foreign policy adviser, Yang Jiechi, told reporters that cybersecurity shouldn't be the cause of friction but an area of cooperation for two nations that face similar challenges. He said the two leaders "blazed a new trail" away from the two nations' past differences in the summit and "talked about cooperation and did not shy away from differences." (Read more President Obama stories.)

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