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US, China Reach Cyber Cooperation Agreement

CyberStockThe U.S. and China have reached an agreement to not conduct economic cyber espionage during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S. last week, USA Today reported Friday.

David Jackson writes that Xi has denied reports of his government’s involvement in recent cyber attacks, such as the hacks on Office of Personnel Management systems, and called for increased dialogue on cybersecurity.

The report said President Barack Obama has indicated that both governments vowed not to “conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property.”

Matt Spetalnick and Michael Martina also reported Saturday for Reuters that Obama still pointed to potential sanctions on cyber criminals if attacks persist.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson added the U.S. and China also agreed to form working groups to facilitate cooperation on cyber investigations.

“These commitments do not resolve all our challenges with China on cyber issues,” Lynch and Johnson said in a joint statement, according to USA Today’s report.

“However, they do represent a step forward in our efforts to address one of the sharpest areas of disagreement in the U.S.-China bilateral relationship.”

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