US, China Hold Cyber Talks For First Time After September Deal

Meeting was part of pledge between heads of both nations for joint action on growing cyberspace concerns.

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

May 13, 2016

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US and Chinese officials met on May 11 to discuss the growing threat of cyber security, espionage, hacking and related issues, reports Reuters. This meeting was a result of the September pact between the two countries for resuming talks on cyber issues following a breakdown of an earlier agreement in 2014.

This gathering is an attempt to ease out years of hostility between the two nations over cybersecurity -- which is a thorn in the side for both. Late last year US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping made a deal to forgo hacking for economic gains.

Details of the meeting were not revealed but Reuters quotes the US State Department as saying that "international norms of state behavior and other crucial issues for international security in cyberspace" were discussed. A statement from China’s foreign ministry said there was a “positive, deep and constructive discussion” between the two countries.

The so-called Senior Experts Group on International Norms and Related Issues is expected to meet twice a year.

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