CHINA AND THE US AGREE TO TALKS ON CYBER ESPIONAGE – China has continuously been accused of cyber espionage over the years. According to US intelligence sources China has repeatedly stolen classified information and hacked into high security facilities and finally China has agreed to sit down with US officials and discuss the growing problem of cyber crime.
It is perceived that the first level talks will involved the theft of US intellectual property which is slated for July 2013 and is expected to become a regular gathering to solve the growing issue.
The US appears to want a delicate and soft approach so as not to heighten the animosity already clearly evident by the two nations but US officials have said that as the meetings continue they will take on a firmer approach.
The US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, announced the advancement in talks during a speech in Singapore yesterday and said that high level meetings with the Chinese Government will take place to work out the issue of cyber espionage.
President Barak Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping are due to meet for the first time next week in California and will allow both leaders to discuss a variety of topics including, it is expected, cyber espionage.
Some are wondering why the initial talks will centre on ‘corporate secrets’ and not those concerning the cyber spying of US military secrets. Cyber espionage, cyber spying and cyber warfare are relative new in the world of war craft and unlike arms treaties the diplomatic tools are simply not yet in place to deal with this relatively new phenomena.
It is hoped that these successions of meetings will allow both the US and China to settle some of their on-going differences and create a better understanding of one another in order to significantly reduce cyber espionage and the tensions it creates between the two nations.
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