Cyber security a 'challenge' to U.S.-China ties, says White House aide

  • Cyber security has emerged as a growing challenge to the economic relationship between China and the United States, White House national security adviser Tom Donilon said on Monday.

    In a speech to The Asia Society, Donilon said: "The international community cannot afford to tolerate such activity from any country.”

    Although he addressed the concerns of American businesses rather than the government, Donilon referring to China by name as a source of cyber threats are among the most direct to be made by a senior U.S. official.

    In his speech, Donilon made three requests for China; first stating that Beijing should recognize the scope of the problem.

    He went on to say: "Second, Beijing should take serious steps to investigate and put a stop to these activities… Finally, we need China to engage with us in a constructive direct dialogue to establish acceptable norms of behavior in cyberspace."

    Donilon’s comments come after a private U.S. computer security firm last month issued a study accusing a Chinese military unit of being responsible for a series of hacking attacks on several American industries. China has denied the accusations.

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