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Oct
29

Why Russia And China See Eye-To-Eye On Cyber Security

From: WorldCrunch

Unlike with Washington, Moscow and Beijing agree on how the state can monitor the Internet. Kommersant reports on a new Sino-Russia partnership set to be signed next month.

Elena Chernenko, Vladislav Novyii and Ivan Safronov

MOSCOW — During President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing next month, he is expected to seal a bilateral agreement on cyber-security between Russia and China, according to a source close to the Kremlin and confirmed by two other federal officials. They say presidential advisor Igor Shchyogolev is overseeing the document’s final draft, but the final text is not yet available. 

Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are also expected to make their first joint announcement about cyber-security, which Kommersant sources say will be substantially broader than last year’s agreement between Russia and the United States. 

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Collaboration between China and Russia in IT and communications has increased in very concrete ways over the past several months. In May, the Russian state telecom company signed a $60 million contract with Chinese company Huawei to build an underwater communication line in the Russian Far East. 

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