Talks on talks for US Chinese cyber security group


by CBR Staff Writer| 30 June 2014

Restart for talks suspended after US charged Chinese military officials over cyber theft?

Moves have begun to restart the cyber security working group suspended by China after the US charged five Chinese military officials with computer hacking, economic cyber-espionage classified corporate data theft.

Daniel Russel, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs told AP that the matter would be pushed ahead when Cabinet-level officials of both nations gather at the annual US-China Security and Economic Dialogue in Beijing in July.

In May the US Department of Justice (DoJ) charged five Chinese military officers prompting Beijing to the plug on the group.

At next month's meeting the US will elevate concerns over cyber-enabled theft of US corporate data and intellectual property that the US argues is distributed with Chinese state-owned enterprises for commercial benefits.

"The strategic imperative, though, that's made the Asia-Pacific region a priority for us in security, economic and political terms is unaffected by the short-term demands of crises here and there," said Russel.

Recently, the Chinese PLA's 3rd General Staff Department 12th Bureau Unit 61486 had also been accused of executing cyber attacks on several networks of Western government agencies and defence contractors in cyber-attacks since 2007.

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