White House: Obama to confront Chinese leader over cyber concerns

White House: Obama to confront Chinese leader over cyber concerns
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The White House says President Obama will confront Chinese President Xi Jinping about cyberattacks on the U.S. during the foreign leader's state visit in September. 

An official told Reuters Wednesday there is "no doubt" Obama will address concerns about China's hacking into American networks.

The statement comes days after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a GOP presidential contender, called on Obama to cancel the upcoming state visit. 

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Walker specifically cited Chinese cyberattacks against the United States, calling for "some backbone from President Obama on U.S.-China relations.” 

“Rather than honoring Chinese President Xi Jinping with an official state visit next month, President Obama should focus on holding China accountable over its increasing attempts to undermine U.S. interests,” Walker said. 

Tensions between the U.S. and China over cybersecurity have increased following a massive hack of the Office of Personnel Management this spring.

Officials have privately attributed the OPM hack to Beijing. The breach compromised the data of more than 21 million current and former personnel, contractors and others. 

But Obama has yet to publicly place the blame on China for the attack, something that lawmakers, presidential hopefuls and others continue to pressure his office to do. 

Despite that reluctance, China’s approach to cybersecurity has been on the agenda for the meeting for months. 

Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryFor the sake of national security, Trump must honor the Iran deal Bernie Sanders’s 1960s worldview makes bad foreign policy DiCaprio: History will ‘vilify’ Trump for not fighting climate change MORE said that China's "consistent" cyberattacks on the United States are "an issue that we recently raised very, very strongly in our dialogue with the Chinese."

"It’s on the agenda for the discussions between President Obama and President Xi when they meet in September," Kerry said in early August. "We have agreed to begin to have a working group dig into this more directly because it is an enormous concern."