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U.S., China to Expand Cybercrime Fight Amid Hacking Admission

U.S. and Chinese officials have agreed to expand cooperation to crack down on cybercrime as China’s state-run news agency said a hacking attack on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management was carried out by criminals there.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest pointed to the two-day talks between China and the U.S. which concluded Wednesday in Washington as evidence that the diplomatic row over cyber-intrusions is beginning to smooth over. The talks were a follow-up to a summit between President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, who announced an agreement in September that their governments wouldn’t conduct economic espionage through hacking the private networks of companies.

“The one thing that certainly can be pointed to as at least incremental progress is that Chinese officials did follow through on our joint commitment to pursue a cybersecurity dialog,” Earnest told reporters Wednesday.

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