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[ISN] Obama rejected tough options for countering Chinese cyber attacks two years ago



http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/10/obama-rejected-tough-options-countering-chinese-cy/

By Bill Gertz
The Washington Free Beacon Sunday
March 10, 2013

President Obama two years ago rejected a series of tough actions against China, including counter-cyber attacks and economic sanctions, for Beijingâs aggressive campaign of cyber espionage against the U.S. government and private businesses networks, according to administration officials.

Meanwhile, China recently issued a veiled threat to the United States about U.S. accusations of Chinese military cyber espionage. China told U.S. officials that continued U.S. public accusations of cyber espionage would render future bilateral discussions unproductive during recent U.S.-China talks following the release of a security firmâs report linking the Chinese military to cyber spying.

On plans to deter Chinese cyber attacks, senior administration officials turned down a series of tough options designed to dissuade China from further attacks that were developed over a three-month period beginning in August 2011.

According to administration officials familiar with internal discussions, the options were dismissed as too disruptive of U.S.-China relations.

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