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Obama To Raise Issue Of Cyberspying With Chinese Leader

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping

The White House says President Barack Obama will discuss cyberspying with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting next week in California.

The statement came after U.S. reports, including in "The Washington Post," cited officials as saying Chinese computer hackers were believed to have gained access to designs of some major U.S. weapons systems.

Reports said the designs included those for combat aircraft and ships, as well as missile defenses in Europe, Asia, and the Persian Gulf.

The Pentagon later issued a statement saying it was wrong to suggest that U.S. military capabilities or technological advantages had been eroded by the reported hacking.

In a report to Congress earlier this month, the Pentagon accused China’s government and military of carrying out cyberespionage operations.

Based on reporting by Reuters, dpa, and AFP