The U.S. airs concerns over cyber security in talks with China, as officials host Chinese delegates for a banquet on the sidelines of a U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, DC. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The United States on Tuesday (June 23) expressed concern about state-sponsored cyber theft and stressed the need to keep Asian sea lanes open at the start of annual talks with China, and said the world depended on the ability of the two countries to narrow their differences. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in his opening remarks at the Strategic and Economic Dialogue forum in Washington, called for candor. The U.S. vice president also said China and the United States might not resolve all of their differences during the Cabinet-level meetings that began in Washington on Monday (June 22) with preliminary talks and a dinner and run into Wednesday (June 24), but should commit to working on them. "There are important issues where we don't see eye to eye but it doesn't mean we should stop working hand in hand," Biden said. China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong responded to Biden by saying that differences could be managed "as long as our two countries adopt an overall perspective, respect and accommodate each other's core interests and be committed to a constructive approach to reduce misunderstanding and miscalculation." The Washington meetings come at a time of waning trust and widening differences between the United States and China, even though they maintain robust economic ties that last year were worth $590 billion in two-way trade. The United States is particularly worried by massive attacks on government computers that U.S. officials have blamed on Chinese hackers and China's pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea, as well as Beijing's challenge to its dominance of global finance and restrictions on U.S. businesses in China.