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U.S. envoy to China urges cooperation against Internet theft
April 9, 2013 / 7:50 AM / 5 years ago

U.S. envoy to China urges cooperation against Internet theft

BEIJING, April 9 (Reuters) - China and the United States must cooperate on combating Internet theft, the U.S. envoy to China said on Tuesday, the latest comment in an issue that has become a thorn in relations between countries.

Ambassador Gary Locke also told a U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum in Beijing that all countries must find a legitimate balance between governance and a free, open internet.

Locke’s comments come a month after U.S. intelligence officials warned that for the first time, cyber attacks had replaced terrorism as the top threat to the United States. [ID:nL1N0C44CQ]

A U.S. computer security company said in February that a secretive Chinese military unit was likely behind a series of hacking attacks that targeted the United States and stole data from more than 100 companies.

China dismissed the accusation as baseless.

(Reporting by Terril Yue Jones; Writing by Megha Rajagopalan; Edting by Robert Birsel)

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