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    The United States and China remain essentially divided over cybersecurity issues, despite recent attempts to reach a bilateral understanding on cyber initiatives, US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Following a June 2015 US-China summit, both countries reportedly agreed to a Cyber Code of Conduct, though the details of the agreement were not released.

    “I think we have differing views on a lot of fundamental issues, a lot of fundamental understandings about the nature of cybersecurity,” Johnson said on US-China discussions last month on areas of cyber cooperation.

    Asked if there were any concrete initiatives for future US-China cooperation in the cyber domain, Johnson said the relationship is “a work in progress.”

    Both countries are making efforts to find “find common ground… in terms of information sharing,” he said.

    The US government has repeatedly accused China of state-sponsored cybertheft and espionage. In June 2015, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper named China as a primary suspect in the massive US government data breach at the Office of Personnel Management.

    Johnson did not name any concrete areas of US-China cyber cooperation, but noted that the existing cooperation between the two countries “is good.”

    According to Chinese press, Premier Xi Jinping is expected to visit the United States in September 2015 to continue the dialogue on a range of issues.

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