US accuses China of violating an anti-cyber espionage bilateral agreement

China has been violating an agreement with the United States aimed at stopping cyberespionage through the hacking of government and corporate data, a senior US intelligence official said on Thursday.

When asked if China was violating the 2015 agreement between then President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, National Security Agency official Rob Joyce said: “We think they are.”

Representational Image. AP

Representational Image. AP

But he added that the quantity and number of attacks had dropped “dramatically” since the agreement.

“While it’s not black and white, (China) met the agreement or they didn’t meet the agreement, it’s clear that they are well beyond the bounds today of the agreement that was forged between our countries,” Joyce said.

In September 2015, Obama announced he had reached a “common understanding” with China’s Xi on curbing economic cyber espionage but threatened to impose US sanctions on Chinese hackers who

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