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Zhao Minghao: Replenishing a new type of Sino-US ties


By Zhao Minghao    Source: CNTV    Published: 2015-9-29 


Chinese President Xi Jinping has successfully concluded his first state visit to the United States and reached a bilateral consensus on some 50 agreements involving economic relations, internet security, climate change, cultural and educational exchanges, in order to build a new model of major country relations.

Internet security stood as one of the major issues during the visit. President Xi Jinping and US President Obama have agreed to combat cybercrime together. Both Beijing and Washington have pledged to oppose intellectual property theft via the internet and to endorse a national code of conduct to protect international cyberspace. Both parties will establish a high-level dialogue mechanism, such as a telephone hotline.

Internet security problems are concentrated in the areas of filching intellectual property, business strategies and trade secrets, as well as political and military internet espionage and hack attacks on network infrastructure that could harm the operations of power equipment and natural gas pipelines.

Meanwhile, Beijing and Washington can better manage new challenges in terms of technology, experiences and human resources. The US has implemented internet security policies that pose a threat to China.

China claims to have the most netizens in the world, so they do care about internet security. Currently, there is no explicit criterion on the governance of cyberspace, and hence it’s unfair to slander China`s violations.

Washington had underestimated China’s concern of its cyberspace security. . Obama claimed that if both countries engaged in a cyber war, China was doomed to lose, which demonstrated a naive understanding of China`s network security.

The US had condemned China but remained about its military cyber operations on China, and has never explained its network monitoring exposed by Edward Snowden, a former National Security (NSA) administrator.

The new type of challenge calls for new thinking and relationship, which needs more constructive communication and collaboration between governments and network circles. President Xi attended the China-US Internet Forum in Seattle and met CEOs (chief executive officers) of internet enterprises, including Alibaba, Baidu, Apple and Facebook.

The development of Sino-US ties in the past 36 years has demonstrated that the summits of both countries’ heads of state serve as a lubricant to advance cooperation. Xi’s recent visit to the US is of such a great significance. The proper handling of internet security problems can reduce tensions on Sino-US ties. Accordingly, a new type of major country relationship has been replenished.

The author is a visiting fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China.

Key Words: Xi Jinping   US   relationship  

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