China, US enhance cybersecurity
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.