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China and USA plan first meet of cybersecurity working group

China and the USA have arranged to hold the first meeting of their cybersecurity working group, which was established in April this year to enhance mutual trust and cooperation between the countries, amidst trading of hacking charges between the two sides.

Bloomberg reported that China Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang said the working group will meet on July 8 in Washington before the annual US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

It is expected that the officials from both the countries will also discuss about disclosures by former National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden.

Snowden claimed that the NSA hacked three Chinese telecom firms to spy on SMS data from the Chinese carriers.

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US firms have reportedly been facing obstacles to invest in several Chinese industries, while China claims that US bans on Chinese investments are based on unfair national security grounds.

Zheng was quoted by Bloomberg as saying that: "The Internet in China has always been under a serious threat, including hacking and cyberviruses and other illegal and criminal activities."

"The information released by the media shows once again that China is among the victims of cyber-attacks," Zheng said.

In May this year, a report from the US Department of Defense claimed that the Chinese government and military organisations have targeted US government computers to exfiltrate information.

However, China has criticised the report and said the US is the real hacking empire.
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