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China says it's hard to resume cyber security talks with US

Iran Press TV

Sun Oct 19, 2014 4:55PM GMT

China says resuming cyber security cooperation between Beijing and Washington will be difficult as a result of "mistaken U.S. practices", a senior Chinese official has told the US Secretary of State John Kerry.

China's State Councilor, Yang Jiechi, who oversees foreign affairs, has told Kerry that Washington "should take positive action to create necessary conditions for bilateral cyber security dialogue and cooperation to resume", according to a statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website on Sunday.

Kerry and Yang Jiechi were meeting in Boston for informal talks.

According to the website "Yang Jiechi expounded China's position on the cyber security issue at the talks with US Secretary of State Kerry on October 18. Yang Jiechi pointed out that China firmly opposes and cracks down on all forms of hacker attacks. Dialogue and cooperation between China and the US in the field of cyber security is faced with difficulty due to the wrong actions taken by the American side. The American side should take positive actions so as to create conditions for the restart of dialogue and cooperation between the two countries in the field of cyber security."

Cyber spying has been a bone of contention in the Sino-American relations. In the recent years, China and the US have been trading accusations blaming each other of waging a cyberwar against the other side.

The director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey warned on Wednesday that hackers, backed by the Chinese government, were involved in a widespread campaign of cyberwarfare against the US companies.

China branded the charge as "unfounded", saying the US allegations sought "to divert attention" from its own massive cyber-spying.

"We express strong dissatisfaction with the United States' unjustified fabrication of facts in an attempt to smear China's name," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

In May 2014, the US administration filed criminal indictments against five Chinese military officials it accused of stealing business secrets from American companies. The indictments were the first of their kind against foreign government officials. Beijing reacted by shutting down a bilateral working group on cyber security.

According to documents revealed by the former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, the US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on Chinese politicians and firms. "One major target was Huawei, a company that is fast becoming a major Internet player", Spiegel reported.

China said the revelations exposed the US "hypocrisy".

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to meet in Beijing next month.


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