Date
20 November 2017
US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and President Xi Jinping attend the start of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing. Photo: AFP
US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and President Xi Jinping attend the start of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Cyber-spying charges cast shadow over China, US talks

US cyber-espionage charges against Chinese military officials cast a shadow over the resumption in Beijing Wednesday of a stalled joint cybersecurity working groupMing Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Sun Zhe, professor of international relations at Tsinghua University, said the fallout from the charges — leveled in May against five soldiers accused of stealing commercial secrets from US companies — continues to be felt and the US realized it had overreacted.

Sun said US President Obama was worried he would be open to criticism if he stopped the Department of Justice from pressing the charges.

But the action prompted China to suspend a cybersecurity task force set up after President Xi Jinping and Obama met in June last year. Only two meetings were held before China put them on hold over the US’ “lack of sincerity” on the issues.

But at the start Wednesday of the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Xi said there is no room for either side to misjudge each other’s strategic intentions. He said cooperation can bring benefits and the prospects of strengthening Sino-US military cooperation were hopeful.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US does not intend to contain China but hopes to see a stable and prosperous China. He told CCTV earlier that the so-called new model of major power relations still needs to be clearly defined.

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