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Suspected cyberattacks on U.S. Navy add new strain to ties with China

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean
The USS Carl Vinson in the Philippine Sea. Photo: USN Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers via Getty Images

The U.S. Navy believes the service and its partners have been under a prolonged attack by Chinese hackers dedicated to improving China's military capacity, according to a recent internal review.

Why it matters: China presents a unique threat to the U.S. and its interests, as a foreign power that requires economic and political engagement despite state-sponsored acts of espionage. Bilateral relations remain on unstable ground and this offensive cyber campaign is likely to further exacerbate tensions.