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China, US need to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation — Chinese Foreign Ministry

September 14, 2015, 14:40 UTC+3 BEIJING
As the number of threats in modern cyberspace grows, the sides note that it was important to strengthen trust and cooperation in the sphere of network security
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BEIJING, September 14. /TASS/. China and the US need to strengthen cooperation in cybersecurity in the interests of the international community, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hong Lei said on Monday.

"China and the US are major cyber powers. As the number of threats in modern cyberspace grows, the sides noted that it was important to strengthen trust and cooperation in the sphere of network security," the official said, commenting on the results of the cybersecurity talks between Chinese and US representatives held in Washington on September 9-12.

During his speech, Hong Lei emphasized that China opposed hacking and stealing commercial secrets.

"The US-Chinese joint efforts against cybercrime meet the interests of both these countries and the international community," he added.

The US White House characterized as "frank and open" the exchange of views on cybersecurity among Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party Meng Jianzhu and US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, FBI Director James Comey and US National Security Advisor Susan Rice but gave no details of the discussions.

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