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Updated 2:12 PM EST, Wed, Jan 29, 2020

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President Obama Puts China on Notice Over Recent Cyber Attacks Against the U.S.

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(Photo : Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) China and the U.S. are working on a bilateral cyberspace security agreement.

President Barack Obama revealed on Wednesday that his government is making plans to punish those responsible for the recent cyber attacks against the United States. Many Americans suspect that China is behind the attacks and this may cause tension when Chinese leader Xi Jinping meets with Obama in Washington at the end of this month.

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According to The New York Times, Obama believes that the issue is not some minor misunderstanding, but an immediate concern that both sides need to resolve as soon as possible.

Political observers think that Obama is making this remarks in order to make Xi address the cyber attack issue during his U.S. state visit.

Some believe that Obama may make good his threat, but he will only take action if he does not get a satisfactory response from the Chinese leader.

The recent digital breach at the Office of Personnel Management, where personal data of millions of working and retired government staff is believe to have been stolen, has embarrassed the Obama administration.

So far, the U.S. government would not comment on what kind of actions will be taken against those responsible for the cyber attacks.

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said Beijing is already addressing the issue and Chinese officials are meeting with their counterpart to talk about the matter.

Meanwhile, Obama is proposing an international cyber security agreement. He is hopeful that if the U.S. and China can successfully formulate a way to deal with current cyber issues.

Obama also said that his government is prepared respond in kind against those who use the Internet to attack the United States. However, he would prefer the Net to be used for peaceful purposes than for war.

Another topic that is certain to be discussed by the two leaders is China's insistence of constructing artificial lands in the Pacific. American Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said he wants the current Chinese land building project to stop.

Carter said that the United States and its allies in the region have urged China to respect international laws and not restrict the right of other countries to travel in the disputed regions.

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