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US to push China on hacking at high-level talks

Published on Jul 3, 2014 4:41 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Washington will push Beijing to crack down on cyber-spying and halt the theft of corporate data when the two powers meet next week for high-level talks, a US diplomat said.

Concerns about widespread Internet hacking as well as regional maritime tensions will be among a slew of issues on the table during two days of talks in Beijing on July 9-10, with Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew leading the US delegation.

China in May angrily suspended a newly-formed cybersecurity working group after the US took the unprecedented step of indicting five Chinese military officers for cyber-spying, accusing them of hacking into US computers to steal trade secrets.

But Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Daniel Russel said on Wednesday that despite what he called the show of Chinese "irritation," Mr Kerry was still likely to raise the issue with State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang, who will lead Beijing's team.

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