WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. & Chinese officials concluded four days of meetings on Saturday on cyber security & other issues, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington after this month, the White House said.
Cyber security has been a divisive issue between Washington & Beijing, with the United States accusing Chinese hackers of attacks on U.S. computers, a charge China denies.
U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice had a "frank & open exchange approximately cyber issues" in her meeting this week with Meng Jianzhu, secretary of the Central Political & Legal Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, the White House said in a statement.
The Chinese delegation moreover had meetings with Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey & representatives from the Justice, State & Treasury departments & the intelligence community, the statement said.
President Barack Obama said last month he would raise concerns approximately China's cyber security behaviour when he meets with Xi in Washington.
The Obama administration is considering targeted sanctions against Chinese individuals & companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials have said.
Chinese hackers have moreover been implicated in the massive hacking of the U.S. government's personnel office disclosed this year. Two breaches of security clearance applications exposed the personal data of more than 20 million federal employees.
(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by David Gregorio)