Obama, Xi talk cyber security and North Korea at summit

RANCHO MIRAGE, California Sat Jun 8, 2013 6:53pm EDT

1 of 6. U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk the grounds at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California June 8, 2013. The two-day talks at a desert retreat near Palm Springs, California, was meant to be an opportunity for Obama and Xi to get to know each other, Chinese and U.S. officials have said, and to inject some warmth into often chilly relations while setting the stage for better cooperation.

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RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on Saturday that North Korea must give up its nuclear weapons, during a two-day summit where Obama directly aired U.S. concerns about Chinese cyber theft to his counterpart.

Obama and Xi had wide-ranging talks, including a 50-minute chat outdoors, to conclude a get-to-know-you visit that included an extensive discussion of how to rein in North Korea, whose belligerent rhetoric in recent months has rattled the Asia-Pacific as well as the United States.

"They agreed that North Korea has to denuclearize, that neither country will accept North Korea as a nuclear-armed state and that we would work together to deepen cooperation and dialogue to achieve denuclearization," White House national security adviser Tom Donilon told reporters.

Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi told a separate news conference that Xi had told Obama that China and the United States were "the same in their positions and objectives" on the North Korean nuclear issue. China is Pyongyang's ally but has become increasingly concerned at North Korean threats of war against South Korea.

In talks that may set the stage for U.S.-Chinese relations for years to come, the pair spent about eight hours together over Friday and Saturday at a sprawling retreat in the sun-baked desert near Palm Springs, California.

Their visit included a one-on-one session during a walk outside in the desert heat, an effort to inject some warmth into often chilly relations.

Donilon said Obama raised directly with Xi the U.S. allegations that Chinese cyber attacks have been aimed at stealing U.S. industrial secrets.

Obama described to Xi the exact kinds of problems the United States was concerned about regarding cyber thievery and said that if they were not addressed, it would become a "very difficult problem in the economic relationship," said Donilon.

Yang, briefing Chinese reporters, said Beijing wanted cooperation rather than friction with the United States over cybersecurity.

"Cybersecurity should not become the root cause of mutual suspicion and friction, rather it should be a new bright spot in our cooperation," Yang said.

(Editing by Alistair Bell and Peter Cooney)

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Comments (12)
Chinese hackers >>> American hackers = FACT

июн 07, 2013 11:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
It’s the game that everyone knows: how do you make an accusation against someone that sounds as legitimate as possible? You define or re-define that someone’s action and give that definition a new set of attributes. Of course, it helps that you are the world’s superpower and you largely control the channel of communication.

Espionage has existed as old as human civilization. You gain some and you loose some.

Re-defining espionage as “cyber hacking” and then applying it on China is merely another attempt to cast China in as bad an image as possible. China has already gone through a lot of these attempts: “Not playing by the rules”, “currency manipulator”, “Chinese investments in Africa should be called into questions as the illegal Chinese gold miners in Ghana has shown the world”, etc.

Of course, no Western media is going to point out the fact that Chinese government and Chinese companies use software and equipment made by American companies such as Microsoft and Cisco. And that the cyber space is by and large controlled by the U.S. government. A few Chinese media may have already pointed this out. But their Chinese voice is not going to find a space in the Western channel of communication.

Accusation such as “cyber hacking” is nothing when compared to the fact that the U.S. is completely capable of severely crippling the Internet system in China. For China to completely solve this problem, Chinese will have to be able to independently build their own software and equipment. In other word, China must achieve complete technological independence.

июн 08, 2013 2:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
WJL wrote:
@Sarawak

An excellent post

июн 08, 2013 3:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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