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Cyber spying, maritime disputes loom large in US-China talks

Published on Jul 8, 2014 3:10 PM
US Secretary of State John Kerry greets media representatives flying aboard his plane bound for diplomatic talks in China while flying out of Washington, DC on July 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - The United States will press China to resume cooperation on fighting cyber espionage to ensure an orderly cyber environment, a senior US official said on Tuesday ahead of annual talks between the world's two largest economies this week.

The talks, which start on Wednesday, will be led by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, likely taking in China's currency, North Korea's nuclear programme and escalating tensions between China and neighbours in the South China Sea and with Japan in the East China Sea.

Charges over hacking and Internet spying have increased tensions between the two countries. In May, Washington charged five Chinese military officers with hacking US companies, prompting Beijing to suspend a Sino-US working group on cyber issues. China has denied wrongdoing.

"We share an interest in a secure and predictable and orderly cyber environment," said one senior US administration official, who briefed reporters en route to Beijing for the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED).

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