Obama to confront China's Xi on cyber spying: US officials

President Barack Obama (above, campaigning in Wisconsin on Oct 28 for the mid-term polls) will confront Chinese President Xi Jinping at talks in Beijing next week over deep US concerns about cyber spying by China's government and military and will in
President Barack Obama (above, campaigning in Wisconsin on Oct 28 for the mid-term polls) will confront Chinese President Xi Jinping at talks in Beijing next week over deep US concerns about cyber spying by China's government and military and will insist that it be stopped, US officials said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama will confront Chinese President Xi Jinping at talks in Beijing next week over deep US concerns about cyber spying by China's government and military and will insist that it be stopped, US officials said on Tuesday.

The officials, briefing reporters before Obama's trip to Beijing for an Asia-Pacific summit and one-on-one meetings with Xi, said that while US complaints had brought about a temporary reduction of Chinese cyber espionage, there had been no fundamental change in behaviour.

Obama's message to Xi on cyber spying, which has become a main point of US-China tension in recent years, was that Beijing could not could continue seeking competitive advantage against other countries using methods that violate international norms, one of the officials said.

China has denied the accusations.