Kerry: U.S., China committed to cyber code of conduct

(R Reports) – The United States and China on Wednesday (June 24) said they would develop a code of conduct for state behavior in cyberspace.

After two days of talks between U.S. and Chinese officials on economic and security matters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. and China should work together on cyber behavior.

“The United States and China should be working together to develop and implement a shared understanding of appropriate state behavior in cyberspace. And I’m please to say that China agreed that we must work together to complete a code of conduct regarding cyber activities.”

Tensions over cyber attacks on U.S. government computers that U.S. officials have blamed on Chinese hackers and China’s pursuit of territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, have threatened to hamper efforts to deepen economic ties, although U.S. officials have sought to stress that talks aimed at deepening economic relations continued.

Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama raised concerns about China’s “cyber and maritime behavior” as well as its currency, technology and investment policies during a meeting with top Chinese officials at the White House.