Obama urged to impose sanctions on China over hacking allegation

Republican presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio has called on US President Barack Obama to stop rhetoric against China and impose sanctions on the country over the hacking allegation.

In a letter to Obama on Monday, Rubio called China’s measures “irresponsible” and “destabilizing.”

The United States accuses China of hacking the data of up to four million former and current government employees. The allegation was denied.

“If it is to be dissuaded from continuing down this dangerous path, Beijing’s provocations must be met with more than mere rhetoric,” he wrote.

The Republican senator said the US president should use the summit of US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue this week to put further pressure on Beijing.

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