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Levin to Obama: Press China on Alleged Cyber Theft

May. 29, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By JOHN T. BENNETT   |   Comments
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US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin is urging President Barack Obama to press Chinese leaders on alleged theft of American secrets via cyber attacks that originated in their country. (Jim Watson / AFP)
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WASHINGTON — US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin is urging President Barack Obama to press Chinese leaders on alleged theft of American secrets via cyber attacks that originated in their country.

Obama is slated to meet with new Chinese President Xi Jinping in early June, and Levin is pushing him to tell his Chinese counterpart that future cyber theft incidents will bring retaliation.

In a letter dated Monday, Levin pointed Obama to a bill on the subject, the “Deter Cyber Theft Act” (S.884), which he has introduced with senators from both parties.

“I thought you could refer to this bill in your meeting with President Xi as an example that the U.S. will indeed impose real costs on China should they continue to steal our intellectual property,” Levin told Obama.

The bipartisan legislation would allow the US president to block imports of some items if those items are determined to be the product of technology or proprietary data stolen from America.

The letter was sent the same day the Washington Post reported hackers allegedly working from Chinese soil broke into US networks and stole American weapon system designs.

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