Biden urges end to ‘outright theft’ by China

Agence France-Presse
(UPDATED) US Vice President Joe Biden calls on China to end its 'outright theft' through hacking as he opens two days of annual talks between the world's two largest economies

'OUTRIGHT THEFT.' US Vice President Joe Biden says China should stop 'outright theft' through hacking. File photo from Biden's official Facebook page

WASHINGTON, USA (UPDATED) – US Vice President Joe Biden called Wednesday, July 10, on China to end its “outright theft” through hacking as he opened two days of annual talks between the world’s two largest economies.

“We both will benefit from an open, secure, reliable Internet. Outright theft that we are experiencing must be viewed as out of bounds and needs to stop,” Biden said, while also calling for cooperation with the rising Asian power.

The US accuses China of waging a vast hacking campaign against its government and companies, with a recent study saying that the theft of trade secrets was costing corporate America hundreds of billions of dollars a year.

Beijing has hit back that it too is a victim of hacking, charges that gained ammunition when US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said that US spies had broken into the Asian power’s Internet routing network.

Biden voiced hope that the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue would build trust between the US and China, saying: “Our relationship is and will continue to be a mix of competition and cooperation.”

The talks involve senior officials including Secretary of State John Kerry, whose attendance had been in doubt after his wife was hospitalized with seizure-like symptoms. –

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