China has accelerated its cyberespionage efforts after a hiatus that began in 2015 when then President Obama struck an agreement to end China’s practice of cyberespionage attacks against American firms, military contractors and government agencies to steal designs, technology and corporate secrets, usually on behalf of China’s state-owned firm.

Officials debate the cause for the spike in activity but noted China’s cyberespionage activities significantly increased soon after President Trump took office, according to the New York Times.

Speculations on the cause for the recommencing of attacks revolve mostly around worsening trade relationships between the U.S. and China causing China to steal what it can’t by in critical industries.

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