STRATEGY SWITCH: After years of quiet and largely unsuccessful diplomacy, the U.S. has brought its persistent computer-hacking problems with China into the open, accusing Beijing's government and military of computer-based attacks against the U.S.
EFFECTIVE: The new strategy may be working. In recent private meetings with U.S. officials, Chinese leaders have moved past their once-intractable denials of espionage and are acknowledging there is a problem. The Chinese seem more open to trying to work with the U.S. to address the problems.
DEFENSIVE: But regional disputes and tensions could stall progress. Experts say improvement will be slow and that it's naive to think the cyberattacks will stop.