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Chinese President Xi Jinping Reaches Cyber Agreement With Obama

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With Mr. Jinping standing beside him at a Rose Garden news conference, Mr. Obama referred to combating “cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property”.

“In all the hoopla of Pope Week (How many babies has he blessed today? Someone should keep count.), it was easy to forget about the arrival of another major foreign dignitary on American soil.

But while I was eating sushi and celebrating Edward Said’s death-versary with a rereading of Orientalism, I felt my Asian spidey senses tingling: Xi Jinping, China’s president, was making his first state visit to the White House.

Barack Obama and Xi Jinping talking US-China relations? It’s Donald Trump’s worst nightmare. Or wet dream.” said


“According to the New York Times, the White House welcomed the Chinese state leader with a 21-gun salute on the South Lawn, and a military band version of both countries’ national anthems. Quaint.

Then the two presidents got down to business, unveiling an agenda that spanned issues ranging from climate change (China will try to curb emissions with a cap-and-trade system) to North Korea (nuclear containment) to the Iran deal (more nuclear containment).

Most importantly, they announced a sort of cyber-truce, in which they agreed that “neither country’s government will conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property […] with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sectors.” They also agreed to halt cyberattacks in times of peace.

Cyber conflict has been an increasing source of contention among the two countries in recent years. Cyber attacks on major U.S. databases, including the government and the New York Times, have been attributed to Chinese hackers.” said

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“Though Xi denied Chinese involvement, stating only, “Confrontation and friction are not the right choice,” the two state leaders ultimately projected an image of solidarity and mutual interest.

“When the United States and China work together, it makes our nations and the world more prosperous and secure,” President Obama said.

Sadly left off the agenda: Donald Trump and his Chinese obsession. Man, I would give anything to know what President Xi thinks of that.” said

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