WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Barack Obama will confront Chinese President Xi Jin-ping at talks in Beijing next week over deep US concerns about cyber spying by China’s government and military and will insist that it be stopped, senior US officials said on Tuesday. The officials, briefing reporters be-fore Obama’s trip to Beijing for an Asia-Pacific summit and one-on-one meetings with Xi, said that while US complaints had brought about a temporary reduction of Chinese cyber espionage, there had been no fundamental change in behaviour.
Cybersecurity has been a significant irritant in ties. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation last month said hackers it believes to be backed by the Chinese government recently launched more attacks on US companies, a charge China rejected as unfounded.
In May, the United States charged five Chi-nese military officers with hacking American firms, prompting China to shut down a bilateral working group on cybersecurity.
Obama’s message to Xi will be that China, the world’s second largest economy after the United States, cannot continue seeking com-petitive advantage over other countries using methods that violate international norms, one of the officials said. China has denied the accusations.