A showdown between the Obama Administration and Chinese president Xi Jinping is looming when the two political leaders meet to discuss cybersecurity concerns. China has continually denied it sponsors hacker groups conducting cyberespionage against US and European governments and private companies - but it seems unlikely significant progress will be made between the two countries.
"We've been very clear about how strongly we object to any cyber-enabled theft of trade secrets and other sensitive information from our companies, whoever may be doing it," said John Kerry, US Secretary of State, when speaking at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. "And we are convinced that is in China's interest to help put an end to this practice."
The United States has lost credibility when criticizing other countries regarding cyberattacks, after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed widespread surveillance activities.