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Christopher Painter Identifies Barriers in US-China Cyber Dialogue

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The chairman of the U.S.-China cyber dialogue said the two countries are yet to agree on cyber warfare regulations because they have not clearly defined cyber-related terms, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Zachary Fryer-Biggs cites Christopher Painter as saying that other barriers discovered during the first meeting with China include cultural differences and technical ambiguity.

Painter, the State Department cyber coordinator, told Defense News Chinese and local officials have not determined definitions of an attack and an intrusion.

“We always try to be very precise,” Painter said, according to the report

Fryer-Biggs reported that the U.S. does not agree with China’s cultural traditions that suggest ideas are public property and therefore intrusion or espionage is not against the law.

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