Partners, not rivals: US, China discuss hacking

RAISING CONCERNS. US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

The world’s two largest economies, the United States and China, are facing head on their concerns about hacking, a major irritant between them. US and Chinese officials met in Washington for the first session of a “cyber working group” two days before the countries hold their main annual talks. A State Department official said the inaugural session would let the two sides “raise concerns, develop processes for future cooperation and set the tone” on cyber issues. The United States has accused China of waging a vast hacking campaign against the US government, military and companies, with a private study recently concluding that cyber-theft costs the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars a year. China has hit back that it is also the victim of cyberattacks, charges that gained ammunition when the intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said US spies had hacked into the prestigious Tsinghua University, one of 6 centers that routes all of China’s Internet traffic.

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