No More Cyber Talks between China and US

Cyber-Security talks between, China and US won’t be resuming any time soon for what Beijing top Diplomats called “mistaken US practices.” In a statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry Website on Sunday, Yang Jiechi, a state councilor overseeing foreign affairs said the “US should take positive action to create necessary conditions for bilateral cyber security dialogue and cooperation to resume.”

“Due to mistaken US practices, it is difficult at this juncture to resume Sino-US cyber security dialogue and cooperation,” Yang was quoted as saying.

Though Yang did not elaborate on the “mistaken practices”, reports have it that the decision by US to indict five people’s Liberation Army military officers on May did not settle well in Beijing. The FBI charged the five hackers with over 30 counts of Cybersecurity fraud including stealing trade secrets and intellectual property. China immediately pulled out of bilateral talks with US on cyber security.

“When a foreign nation uses military or intelligence resources and tools against an American executive or corporation to obtain trade secrets or sensitive business information for the benefit of its state-owned companies, we must say, ‘Enough is enough,’” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declared.

It is not surprising that cyber- security cooperation between the two countries have hit a snug considering the frosty relationship between Washington and Beijing. Both countries have been engaging in war of word, each party accusing the other of cyber espionage.

Last Wednesday the FBI accused Chinese government backed cybercriminals for the rising cases of data breaches among US companies. China dismissed the claims.

FBI Director James Comey ranked China among the top foreign groups targeting US companies with cyber-attacks. “Well, I don’t want to give you a complete list, but I can tell you the top of the list is the Chinese,” Said Comey “They are extremely aggressive and widespread in their efforts to break into American systems to steal information that would benefit their industry.”

According to Comey, Chinese hackers present a serious security threat to infrastructure of US companies. “There are two kinds of big companies in the United States,” Comey said. “There are those who’ve been hacked by the Chinese, and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked by the Chinese.”

China on its part have pointed fingers at Washing for hypocrisy, by promoting cyber security during the day while secretly spying on Chinese users. Snowden’s leaked document show that US hacked into the network of Universities in China and Hong.

Beijing leadership also accused US NSA of hacking into Huawei servers and eavesdropping on communication of top manager at the Chinese Telco. Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said the incidence exposed “United States’ hypocrisy and despotic rule. The NSA denied any involvement in the hacking saga.

Following these “mistaken US practices,” China announced measures to “shore up is technological weakness” and take up a leading role in development of cyberspace, a landscape largely dominate by western powers. China is particularly interested in speedy development of Local software, a decision aimed at to edge out foreign tech companies from the Chinese market according to market analysts.

Lawrence Mwangi Lawrence is a technology and business reporter. He has freelanced for a number of tech sites and magazines. He is a web-enthusiast, with a special interest in Online security, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. When not writing about tech he can be found in a Tennis court or on a chess board.
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