Date
20 September 2017
US Ambassador Max Baucus says China's cyber theft of trade secrets must stop. Photo: Reuters
US Ambassador Max Baucus says China's cyber theft of trade secrets must stop. Photo: Reuters

US envoy: China cyber theft a threat to national security

The United States will deal with cyber security issues with China by diplomatic and legal means, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing Washington’s new ambassador to Beijing.

Cyber theft of trade secrets by Chinese state entities is a major threat to the economy and security of the US, ambassador Max Baucus was quoted as saying.

Baucus described the act as criminal and said it runs counter to China’s World Trade Organization commitments.

“We won’t sit idly by when a crime is committed in the real world, so why should we when it happens in cyber space?” he told the American business community in Beijing.

“We will continue to use diplomatic and legal means to make clear that this type of behavior must stop.”

Sino-US relations have been strained since five Chinese military officers were indicted in May on charges of hacking US corporate networks for commercial ends.

China rejected the charges and subsequently announced plans to vet technology companies operating in the country for potential national security threats. State media published attacks on US vendors including Cisco Systems Inc., Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc.

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