U.S., China Agree to Continue Talks on Cyber Issues

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 20, 2013, 7:02 a.m.

Top U.S. and Chinese de­fense of­fi­cials on Monday ex­plored hold­ing more joint mil­it­ary man­euvers and agreed to con­tin­ue talk­ing about dis­agree­ments re­gard­ing cy­ber at­tacks, the Wall Street Journ­al re­por­ted.

Wash­ing­ton blames the People’s Lib­er­a­tion Army for car­ry­ing out a series of cy­ber strikes aimed at gain­ing il­li­cit ac­cess to in­form­a­tion about crit­ic­al U.S. weapon sys­tems and private-in­dustry secrets. Mean­while, China has cri­ti­cized the United States for de­vel­op­ing of­fens­ive cy­ber-war­fare cap­ab­il­it­ies.

The two sides were un­able to bridge their dif­fer­ences on the com­puter-in­tru­sion is­sue, ac­cord­ing to an­onym­ous U.S. of­fi­cials.

“We op­pose any kind of arms race in the cy­ber do­main,” Chinese Gen. Chang Wan­quan said at a Pentagon press brief­ing along­side his U.S. coun­ter­part, De­fense Sec­ret­ary Chuck Hagel. The gen­er­al re­peated Beijing’s as­ser­tion that China is ac­tu­ally a “primary vic­tim” of cy­ber at­tacks.

The two coun­tries an­nounced that they had agreed to main­tain seni­or-level mil­it­ary dis­cus­sions in­to 2014, De­fense News re­por­ted.


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