US, China reportedly negotiating cyberspace arms control agreement


The US and China are negotiating a cyberspace arms control agreement ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington this week, the New York Times reports.

The two nations would agree not to use cyberweapons to attack each other’s infrastructure during peacetime, officials involved in the talks told the newspaper.

Such an agreement would be the first of its kind and would be designed to prevent cyberattacks against power plants, banking systems, mobile telephone networks and hospitals.

However, it would not cover attacks such industrial espionage or the alleged Chinese hacking into US government computer systems that have damaged relations between Washington and Beijing ahead of Xi’s visit.