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Instead, President Obama is going to find himself walking a tightrope.
The U.S. president was really hoping to establish a rapport with the new Chinese leader, sowing the seeds for a productive, long-term relationship.
But President Obama may instead have to go on the offensive - from the outset. Because of a string of cyber-espionage revelations - the latest of which alleges that state-sponsored hackers from China stole the designs for two dozen frontline U.S. weapons systems - the U.S. president is under growing pressure from both Capitol Hill and Corporate America to confront President Xi and put the Chinese leader on the defensive.
Just look at the comments made by U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who said the state-backed cyber-assaults that China has engineered have to be addressed head-on.
"President Obama should use the opportunity in his upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to address this issue head on at the highest levels of the Chinese government, and let President Xi Jinping know that these cyber-attacks from his government will not be tolerated," Rogers said.
Since early this year, we've been telling Private Briefing subscribers that the "Cyberhacking of America" would turn out to be one of the biggest stories of 2013.
And that's just what's happened.
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