President Barack Obama recently met with officials from China to discuss the fragile relationship between two global superpowers.
After Director of National Intelligence James Clapper urged the United States to improve cybersecurity - largely because of suspected Chinese-led cyberattacks - Chinese officials want the United States to stop pointing fingers towards Beijing:
"Maintaining cybersecurity should be a point of cooperation rather than a source of friction between both China and the United States," said Hong Lei, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, while speaking to the media. "We hope that the US stops its groundless attacks against China, start dialogue based on a foundation of mutual respect, and jointly build a cyberspace that is peaceful, secure, open and cooperative."
Both sides are clearly worried about cyberattacks, as the United States and China are routinely attacked from a number of foreign criminals, though they don't seem to agree about how to defend against these attacks. If China is suspected of attacks, it's possible the Obama Administration could hand down sanctions against China - and alleged partners involved in the attacks.
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