Xi Jinping may scrap meeting with Barack Obama

Chinese President Xi Jinping may cancel his upcoming official visit to the United States, as Washington is mulling a number of penalties against Beijing for the massive government data breaches linked to the Chinese hackers, The Hill has reported.

Xi is expected to participate in a summit in the United States and a meeting with US President Barack Obama later in the month.

The Chinese president might refuse to visit the upcoming summit, should the United States impose sanctions on Chinese firms behind cyberattacks next week, the media outlet reported Sunday, citing experts and former administration officials.

On Friday, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi said Beijing and Washington were likely to jointly elaborate binding international cybersecurity rules amid the data breach scandal.

In July, the US Office of Personnel Management said that Chinese hackers were involved in the large cybersecurity breach at the federal agency that compromised over 20 million personal, financial and health files of nearly every current and many former US federal employees.

In August, a senior US intelligence officer revealed that Chinese hackers allegedly had access to Obama’s top national security and trade officials’ emails for over five years. (PNA/Sputnik)