A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Obama administration to overhaul its engagement with China on human rights issues and press Beijing on what activists say is the worst repression of dissidents and minorities in decades.
The Pentagon and U.S. Cyber Command have blocked the use of telecommunications equipment produced by the global Chinese company Huawei Technologies over cyber spying fears, according to congressional testimony last week.
A nonprofit news organization filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission this week in an attempt to obtain an internal report detailing how Chinese hackers gained access to its computer systems.
Recent reports the Obama administration sought to conclude an unprecedented cyber arms control agreement with China governing digital attacks are “erroneous” and there are no plans to negotiate limits on cyber weaponry.
The Obama administration is attempting to circumvent Congress by cooperating with China on space activities despite concerns about Beijing’s development of anti-satellite weapons and cyber theft of information from NASA, according to critics of the U.S. policy.
China might be building its first aircraft carrier on its own soil, according to satellite images released by IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper indicated to congressional lawmakers Tuesday that he does not have confidence in the cyber agreement reached between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping last week.
The United States has backed down from plans to impose economic sanctions on China for cyber attacks after both countries agreed to curb economic spying, President Obama indicated Friday.
“I raised once again our very serious concerns about growing cyber-threats to American companies and American citizens,” Obama said. “I indicated that it has to stop.”
President Xi Jinping, set to visit Washington for an official state visit on Friday, is sponsoring the most severe repression of China’s civil society since the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976, according to rights activists who have also criticized the Obama administration’s efforts to become a closer economic partner with Beijing.
One of China’s key objectives for this week’s meeting between President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping is the return of two Chinese men in the United States who may have access to some of Beijing’s innermost secrets.