Chinese hackers: “We will take the necessary steps”, Washington in a nutshell

There is always some sort of tussle going on between the United States and China. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the Chinese foreign minister on Thursday (July 13) that Washington would hold hackers “accountable” for alleged breaches by US government agencies, according to a US official.

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Anthony Blinken, who was speaking with Wang Yi in Jakarta, “made clear that any actions targeting the US government, US businesses and US citizens are of deep concern to us and we will continue to hold those responsible accountable.” Will take necessary steps for the same, said the senior US official on the condition of anonymity.

A meeting less than a month after Blinken’s visit to Beijing

According to him, Anthony Blinken had mentioned these new cases but without saying whether Washington’s top diplomat had directly accused China of being involved in the matter. Microsoft said this week that a group of Chinese hackers gained access to about 25 organizations for espionage purposes.

Anthony Blinken and Wang Yi met on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations talks, less than a month after Anthony Blinken made a rare visit to Beijing.

“It is our responsibility to keep our channels of communication open”

Despite a new wave of diplomacy between the world’s two largest economies, the United States has failed to persuade China to restore communications between its two militaries, which is considered vital to prevent events from escalating into full-scale conflict goes. Another US official said, “Anthony Blinken emphasized that we have a responsibility to keep our channels of communication open, including between our two militaries.”

“I think it’s imperative to do this. We’re not there yet,” he said. China has demanded that the US lift sanctions imposed on its Defense Minister Li Shangfu for buying arms from rival Russia. Officials said Mr. Blinken has also spoken with China about ways to deal with chemical precursors to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is fueling the drug addiction epidemic in the United States. The beginning of an outstretched arm?

(with AFP)


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