China, US im­prove co­op­er­a­tion in cy­ber­se­cu­rity

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton chen­wei­hua @chi­nadai­

Chi­nese and US of­fi­cials meet­ing in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day, the first day of a two-day bi­lat­eral cy­ber­se­cu­rity di­a­logue, agreed to ex­pand their col­lab­o­ra­tion, 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 also agreed to crack down on cy­ber­crimes and im­prove their hot­line mech­a­nism, as well as their cy­ber coun­tert­er­ror­ism co­op­er­a­tion and in­for- ma­tion shar­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion.

Guo said in the meet­ing that China and the United States es­tab­lished the high­level di­a­logue mech­a­nism based on dis­cus­sions be­tween Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in Septem­ber 2015, ac­cord­ing to a Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion news re­lease.

“With the high level of at­ten­tion and en­cour­age­ment 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.

Guo said they have achieved no­table progress in ar­eas such as crack­ing down on cy­ber­crime, 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.

Guo also em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of fo­cus­ing on co­op­er­a­tion, man­ag­ing and con­trol­ling dif­fer­ences, and timely and ef­fec­tive re­spons- es to each other’s con­cerns as well as the need to achieve no-con­flict, no-con­fronta­tion, mutual re­spect and win-win co­op­er­a­tion.

“The Chi­nese side is will­ing to make con­tin­ued ef­forts with the cur­rent US govern­ment team and the next govern­ment team to take bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in cy­ber­se­cu­rity to a new high and to make a con­tri­bu­tion to the build­ing of a new type of ma­jor coun­try re­la­tion­ship,” Guo said.

An of­fi­cial from the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, said US of­fi­cials also agree that with­out such a di­a­logue mech­a­nism, China and the US could still face con­fronta­tion and con­flict in cy­ber­se­cu­rity, as things stood over a year ago.

In the past year, China has asked the US for as­sis­tance in in­ves­ti­gat­ing 10 cy­ber­crime cases while the US has made re­quests in nine cases.

The of­fi­cial also praised the hot­line mech­a­nism for help­ing re­duce mis­cal­cu­la­tion.

Both Lynch and John­son said that the two coun­tries have a shared in­ter­est in crack­ing down on cy­ber­crimes and pro­tect­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

They said they hoped that the mech­a­nism could be fur­ther de­vel­oped and more prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion car­ried out in crack­ing down on crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties such as cy­ber ter­ror­ism and email scams. They also said they wanted to man­age dif­fer­ences con­struc­tively to en­sure more con­crete achieve­ments in US-China co­op­er­a­tion in cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

Both sides agreed to hold the fourth round of di­a­logue in China in 2017.

The co­op­er­a­tion in cy­ber­se­cu­rity ... has ad­vanced rapidly to be­come a new high­light in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.” Guo Shengkun, min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity

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