China, US en­hance cy­ber­se­cu­rity

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton chen­wei­hua@chi­nadai­

Chi­nese and US of­fi­cials meet­ing in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day for a bi­lat­eral cy­ber­se­cu­rity di­a­logue have agreed to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese of­fi­cials.

Chi­nese State Coun­cilor and Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Guo Shengkun joined US At­tor­ney Gen­eral Loretta Lynch and Sec­re­tary of Home­land Se­cu­rity Jeh John­son in co-chair­ing the third China-US High-Level Joint Di­a­logue on Cy­ber­crime and Re­lated Is­sues.

The two sides reached a new con­sen­sus in deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion in cy­ber­se­cu­rity. Achieve­ments made in the meet­ing cover ar­eas such as crack­ing down on cy­ber­crimes, co­op­er­a­tion in cy­ber­se­cu­rity, im­prov­ing the hot­line mech­a­nism, cy­ber coun­tert­er­ror­ism co­op­er­a­tion and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion.

The two sides re­called the achieve­ments made since the first di­a­logue and spoke pos­i­tively of the im­por­tance and ne­ces­sity of the mech­a­nism, the press re­lease said.

Guo was quoted as say­ing in the meet­ing that China and the US es­tab­lished the high-level di­a­logue mech­a­nism based on the im­por­tant con­sen­sus reached be­tween Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in Septem­ber 2015.

He said the two lead­ers gave im­por­tant in­put to the di­a­logue when they met in Lima, Peru, last month on the side­lines of the APEC Lead­ers Sum­mit.

“With the high at­ten­tion and pro­mo­tion by the two heads of state, the co­op­er­a­tion in cy­ber­se­cu­rity be­tween China and the US has ad­vanced rapidly to be­come a new high­light in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions,” Guo said at the meet­ing.

The two-day meet­ing from Dec 7- 8 was at­tended by top of­fi­cials from mul­ti­ple govern­ment de­part­ments in both coun­tries, in­clud­ing China’s Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity, Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Min­istry of State Se­cu­rity and Min­istry of Jus­tice and the US’ De­part­ment of Jus­tice, De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, De­part­ment of State and Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Guo said the two sides have achieved no­table progress in ar­eas such as crack­ing down on cy­ber­crimes, pro­tect­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity and shar­ing in­for­ma­tion. “(It) has made a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to en­sur­ing the na­tional se­cu­rity and the safety of the peo­ple in both coun­tries,” he said.

He noted that it has been an im­por­tant pe­riod for the two coun­tries in car­ry­ing out their law en­force­ment co­op­er­a­tion fo­cus­ing on cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

He ex­pressed that the di­a­logue mech­a­nism should be the main chan­nel for the two coun­tries in com­mu­ni­cat­ing cy­ber-re­lated is­sues.

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State Coun­cilor Guo Shengkun (cen­ter), US De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Jeh John­son, and US At­tor­ney Gen­eral Loretta Lynch pose for a photo on the first day of the Third China-US High-Level Joint Di­a­logue on Cy­ber­crime and Re­lated Is­sues in Wash­ing­ton. The di­a­logue will con­tinue on Thurs­day.

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