May 24, 2013
by Bloomberg Businessweek

There will be plenty to talk about when U.S. National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon arrives in Beijing on May 26. North Korean threats, Iranian nuclear development, trade disputes, and the worsening situation in Syria will no doubt be high on the agenda. But perhaps more than any other subject, cybersecurity is likely to dominate discussions during the three-day visit, coming just before Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to meet President Obama on June 7 in California.

Cyber espionage has become an even more fractious issue following the May 6 release of a Pentagon report to Congress that for the first time officially links the Chinese government to widespread hacking directed at the U.S. “China is using its computer network exploitation capability to support intelligence collection against the U.S. diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors,” the report said. “In 2012, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the U.S. government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military.”

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