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US-China tensions

US and allies accuse China of cyberattacks in new stage of tensions

Possibility of sanctions in focus as Biden administration seeks to build united front

WASHINGTON/TOKYO -- The U.S., Europe, Japan and others on Monday accused China of a "pattern of malicious cyber activity," linking Beijing to an attack on Microsoft Exchange email servers discovered in March.

Concerns about this behavior are bringing countries together to "call out those activities, promote network defense and cybersecurity, and act to disrupt threats to our economies and national security," a White House statement said. The group includes the U.S., Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the European Union and NATO.

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