Beijing and Washington have reached "wide-ranging consensus" in their inaugural U.S.-China Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Dialogue and pledged to ramp up cooperation on immigration, fugitives, narcotics interdiction, counterterrorism and cybercrime, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.
The dialogue was held in Washington and co-chaired by State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and acting secretary of homeland security Elaine Duke.
In line with the consensus reached in April by President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump, the two sides agreed to increase dialogue and cooperation in the areas of law enforcement and cybersecurity and add to the outcome of Trump's state visit to China in November, according to a news release.
Guo said that proceeding from the dialogue, both sides should focus on collaboration and manage their differences to ensure that law enforcement and cybersecurity cooperation will become a highlight of China-U.S. relations in the new era. In addition, they should make unyielding efforts to promote global security governance and build a community of shared future and common security.
"China is ready to work together with the U.S. side to increase cooperation in areas including counterterrorism, fighting cross-border crimes, bringing back fugitives and recovering their assets, counternarcotics and judicial assistance, and to address the important concerns of the two countries in law enforcement," Guo said in the news release.
Guo also said cooperation should continue on fighting cybercrime, cyberterrorism and other areas to build a peaceful, secure, open, cooperative and orderly cyberspace.
The U.S. side agreed that strengthening cooperation in law enforcement and cybersecurity is important to both countries and to the world. The two sides face some common threats in both law enforcement and cybersecurity and have "broad common interests", according to the Chinese news release.
The U.S. is willing to work with China to push forward the handling of specific cases and produce more cooperative results to benefit the peoples of the two countries, according to the release.
Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said on Wednesday, "Consistent with the results-oriented approach of this administration's policy toward China, the dialogue facilitated forthright and detailed discussions and resulted in bilateral cooperation on priority issues including immigration, counternarcotics, counterterrorism and cybersecurity."
With the conclusion of the Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Dialogue, the first round of the four cabinet-level dialogues agreed to by the two presidents at their Mar-a-Lago meeting in Florida in April has been completed.
The inaugural high-level dialogue on diplomacy and security took place in June, and the high-level dialogue on economy was held in July, followed by the first China-U.S. Social and Cultural Dialogue last week in Washington.