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Donilon On Cyber Attacks


U.S. businesses are speaking out about their serious concerns over cyber intrusions emanating from China on an unprecedented scale.

“Increasingly, U.S. businesses are speaking out about their serious concerns over sophisticated, targeted theft of confidential business information and proprietary technologies through cyber intrusions emanating from China on an unprecedented scale,” U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon told a group in New York recently during a wide-ranging address on U.S-Asian relations. “The international community cannot afford to tolerate such activity from any country.”


“Specifically with respect to the issue of cyber-enabled theft, we seek three things from the Chinese side,” Mr. Donilon said. “First, we need recognition of the urgency and scope of this problem and the risk it poses to international trade, to the reputation of Chinese industry and to our overall relations. 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.”

The United States places great importance in building a constructive relationship with China because there are few diplomatic, economic or security challenges in the world that can be addressed without the East Asian nation at the table.

“We must keep improving our channels of communication and demonstrate practical cooperation on issues that matter to both sides,” Mr. Donilon said. “The United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, both dependent on the Internet, must lead the way in addressing this problem.”
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