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Cameron Seeks Formal Dialogue With China on Cybersecurity

Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister David Cameron asked China’s leadership to open formal talks on cybersecurity, as the British government invests more money in fighting off Internet attacks.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed that the subject needed to be discussed when the two leaders met in Beijing Dec. 2, according to a government official.

“A proper cyber dialogue between countries is necessary, and I have raised this with the Chinese leadership that we need to properly discuss these issues,” Cameron told reporters in Shanghai yesterday. “It is an issue of mutual concern and one that we should be discussing.”

The prime minister also pointed to increased government investment in fighting off attacks. The government announced in March it set up a secret cybersecurity control center staffed by experts from the intelligence services and some of Britain’s largest companies to coordinate the defense of their computer systems. The “Fusion Cell” operates at an undisclosed location in London.

A U.S. congressional commission found last month that Chinese-based hackers may target Internet-based e-mail, data storage and other services provided overseas by such companies as Microsoft Corp. to spy.

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Hutton in Shanghai at rhutton1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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