Since Xi Jinping took over the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012 and assumed the presidency of his nation, the cybersphere has become an even more important strategic domain. Xi has stressed that cyberpower should be a national priority for China if the country's to reach its economic, societal and military potential.
And that causes much concern among Western states already concerned about China's activities in the cybersphere. The information officers of large Western corporations have long voiced their worries, and our governments have intervened to prevent the commercial involvement of Chinese companies in our networks. Barack Obama even insisted that his first discussions with Xi were to cover Washington's concerns about Beijing's cyber espionage.