China, US reach consensus on cybersecurity

China, US reach consensus on cybersecurity

The Chinese government said today that it has reached a consensus with the United States in matters of cyber security, after years of mutual accusations of espionage and shortly before President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the US.

A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hong Lei, said today that Beijing and Washington had reached agreement on the contentious issue during the visit of the special envoy of President Xi Jinping, Meng Jiazhu to the US capital last week.

At a press conference, said Hong Meng, member of the Politburo -second most important organ of the Communist Party, met with Secretary of State John Kerry and other US representatives with whom he exchanged views on combating cyber attacks.

Both China and the United States, Hong said, are “major countries in terms of Internet usage and incidents in cyberspace” and the multiple threats to computer security, he added, “underscore the importance of cooperation” on the it did not elaborate.

China, he said, is against cyber attacks and cyber espionage and “punish” anyone who carries out an attack of this kind, he said.

His remarks came after US President Barack Obama, consider the weekend that cyber attacks from China were not “acceptable.”

The White House has repeatedly blamed China of cyber attacks, both in public and in private, and it is expected to be one of the main discussed at the meeting between Obama and Xi Jinping themes, whose date has yet to be realized.

Along with cyber security, another priority issue will be conflicts over the South China Sea, as defined by the Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, in a recent interview with China Daily.

Xi will travel to the United States on September 20, on a date yet to be specified, and will stop in Seattle to participate in a technology summit hosted by China; Washington, where he will be received at the White House, and New York, to participate in the seventieth anniversary of Nations

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