WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Tuesday that it does not expect to level economic sanctions against China for cyber espionage ahead of a state visit this week by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
But the issue of cyber spying will be a key part of discussions between President Barack Obama & Xi, White House officials told reporters on a conference call.
"I don't want to suggest a particular formal agreement," said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser to Obama.
"What I do want to emphasize is that the area where we would like to reach a greater understanding with the Chinese is on the protection of intellectual property & the ability of businesses to operate without concern of cyber theft," Rhodes said.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason & Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)