The US and China sure are doing a lot of political posturing over cyber attacks lately, especially within the US and a call for sanctions in retaliation for the OPM breach (emphasis added):
The idea that the U.S. would unleash sanctions on top Chinese officials or companies in the lead-up to a presidential summit was always a long shot, despite scattered administration leaks that the sanctions were under consideration. The advance meetings suggest the U.S. is still pushing for a diplomatic resolution to Chinese hacking, but the White House was tight-lipped in its statement about whether the advance meeting yielded any tangible results — a key indication of whether diplomacy may be working or if both sides have hit another brick wall. Publicly, President Barack Obama was still talking tough on cyber as the meetings went on.
State Department Cyber Coordinator Chris Painter rushed out of an international cyber cooperation conference in New York, hosted by the East West Institute, shortly after a panel he was speaking on concluded Sept. 9 — possibly to attend meetings with Meng. He also seemed to downplay the likelihood of cyber sanctions before departing, noting during his panel that “despite what you may read in the press, the sanctions have not been used.” He also noted the sanctions will be “used in the future to address significant cyber conduct … [when] other tools really just aren’t adequate.”
The consensus among other attendees at the East West conference? Sanctions are unlikely in advance of the Obama-Xi summit at the end of this month, a dozen or so experts opined to Joe, but that doesn’t mean they’re off the table.
There will be no sanctions against China. Doing so is like the pot calling the kettle black.