US, China to cooperate more on cyber threat

May 8, 2012 • National News

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and and China’s Minister of National Defense Gen. Liang Guanglie, not seen, speak during a joint press briefing at the Pentagon, Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Asserting that cyberattacks against the U.S. don’t come only from China, the U.S. and Chinese defense ministers said they agreed Monday to work together on cyber issues to avoid miscalculations that could lead to future crises.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that since China and the United States have advanced cyber capabilities, it is important to develop better cooperation.

“It’s true, as the general pointed out, that obviously there are other countries, actors, others involved in some of the attacks that both of our countries receive,” Panetta told reporters after an afternoon meeting in the Pentagon marking the first visit by a Chinese defense minister to the U.S. since 2003. “But because the United States and China have developed technological capabilities in Login to read more

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