On the eve of a visit of Chinese leader Xi Jinping to the U.S., President Barack Obama has declared that alleged Chinese cyber attacks are “not acceptable.”
The Chinese government has been blamed for a number of attacks on U.S. companies as well as government institutions.
President Obama made his remarks in an address to members of the U.S. military at Fort Meade, Maryland.
“We have been very clear to the Chinese that there are certain practices that they are engaging in, that we know are emanating from China and are not acceptable,” The president said.
He noted that there needs to be a rule of engagement to prevent the ongoing saga from escalating.
He said, “There comes a point at which we consider this a core national security threat and we will treat it as such”.
He also argued that should China choose the path of online confrontation the U.S. would be in a better place to win.
“I guarantee you we will win if we have to,” The President declared.
Aside from China’s suspected involvement in the attack on the Office of Personnel Management, U.S. prosecutors last year charged five Chinese army officers with economic espionage.
China has said it is the victim of U.S. cyber attacks, allegations Beijing said were supported by the revelations from US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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