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Obama Adviser calls for closer ties with China, ignores cybertheft

WASHINGTON – The U.S. is calling for closer military ties with China, which is embarrassing considering that China continues to hack and steal U.S. defense plans and technology.

tom donilon [1]Reuters reports [2] that Obama’s national security adviser, Tom Donilon, said that China and the U.S. should work together on peacekeeping, anti-piracy and disaster relief efforts. Donilon’s remarks came during a summit for U.S. and Chinese presidents in California.

He said that both countries should try to work together and ensure “we have a healthy, stable and reliable military to military relationship”. He also said that these “non-traditional security challegnes” like piracy should be addressed.

But, the cybersecurity theft issue was not addressed during the summit, which apparently will be taken up between U.S. President Barack Obama and current Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Recently, China stole U.S. plans [3] for aircraft and missile defense systems, in addition to plans for Australia’s new spy agency headquarters.

U.S. defense officials have told China to back off [4] from stealing U.S. secrets.

This also underscores how Japan and Russia struck up an economic agreement [5] to counter the rise and influence of China.