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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

USA, China debate on cyber security issues!

By Dr. Abdul Ruff

The cyber security issue is one of top concerns of the Obama government and Americans blame China for all cyber related security problems USA is facing.

The White House said that the senior American and Chinese officials concluded four days of meetings on 12th September on cyber security and other issues, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington later this month.

Cyber security has been a divisive issue between Washington and Beijing, with the United States accusing Chinese hackers of attacks on US computers, a charge China promptly denies.

According to the White House the US national security adviser Susan Rice had a fairly frank and open exchange about cyber issues in her meeting this week with Meng Jianzhu, secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party.

The Chinese delegation also had meetings with Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and representatives from the Justice, State and Treasury departments and the intelligence community.

China's official Xinhua news agency said that Meng, who is the country's domestic security chief, had reached important consensus with Washington during his visit.

Both countries agree it is vital they cooperate on fighting hacking, Meng said, adding that China will punish anyone who hacks from within China's borders or steals corporate secrets. "China's position on opposing hacking and stealing commercial secrets online is resolute," Xinhua cited Meng as saying.

US resident Barack Obama said last month he would raise concerns about China's cyber security behavior when he meets with Xi in Washington. The Obama administration is reportedly considering targeted sanctions against Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against American commercial targets.

Chinese hackers have also been implicated in the massive hacking of the US government's personnel office disclosed this year. Two breaches of security clearance applications exposed the personal data of more than 20 million federal employees.

However both sides hope to find an amicable solution of the problem at the earliest.

- Asian Tribune -

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