U.S., China agree on new steps to address cybercrime

The president announced that he and Xi had come to a “common understanding”, saying, “We have agreed that neither the USA or the Chinese government will conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property including trade secrets or other confidential information for commercial advantage”.


Islands in the South China Sea have been Chinese territory “since ancient times”, Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Barack Obama on Friday during their meeting after the latter voiced concern over massive land reclamation and militarization in disputed waters.

In short, the United States has gotten China to at least promise to clamp down on an issue that has been a real economic problem for the US. Following the ceremonial formal welcoming, the two men sat down to negotiations. But even President Obama, who announced the deal at the White House with Chinese President Xi Jinping, seemed to question whether China will stick to its word. Cap and trade systems are designed to limit carbon emissions by creating markets for firms to buy and sell the right to produce specific amounts of emissions.

Both the United States and China are adopting a United Nation accord that prohibits countries from attacking each other’s critical infrastructure, including energy utility and phone networks, during peacetime.

After facing years of opposition to the problem of climate change due to political denial of scientific evidence, President Barack Obama claims to finally have a plan to address the problem of global warming.

Since it was established 36 years ago, the China-US relationship has gone through a tortuous journey, but it has always moved forward and has achieved historic development, he added. “Confrontation and friction are not the right choice for both sides”. Although the US Government maintains that Tibet is a part of the People’s Republic of China, it continues to urge the Chinese leadership to engage in dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives.

As the two leaders spoke, dozens of pro- and anti-Xi protesters gathered near the White House grounds, waving flags, beating drums and shouting slogans.

On climate change, an area where the two countries have been cooperating, China said it will commit $3.1 billion to help developing countries reduce carbon emissions, one of a series of measures taken with the combat global warming. On Friday, live television broadcasts of the pope’s visit to the United Nations drowned out Xi’s arrival at the White House.

At a China-U.S. internet forum held in Redmond, Washington state, Xi suggested that the two countries carry out constructive talks on cyber issues on the basis of mutual respect and trust.

Agree to stop theft of “intellectual property”.

Mr Obama said he had “candid” discussions with Mr Xi on disputes in the Asia Pacific, specifically focusing on the growing South China Sea tensions.


Nonetheless, apparently rattled by the threat of sanctions – a threat that Obama reiterated in his meetings with Xi – China agreed to affirm the norm against cyber economic spying.

President Barack Obama gestures toward Chinese President Xi Jinping during their joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington Friday