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European nations strike deal on tackling cybersecurity issues

Updated: 2013-12-21 07:54
By Fu Jing in Brussels and Zhao Shengnan in Beijing ( China Daily)

European Union members have reached a consensus to cope with cyber and maritime security, as well as boost air defense and outer space cooperation - both moves that Chinese and European experts have identified as solid signals to push the European Union's integration.

The experts also said that the 22-point agreement reached among the bloc's 28 countries on Thursday at a summit in Brussels has left open the possibility for China and the EU to take the lead in coping with new challenges to security such as cyberattacks.

Partly due to mounting international ire arising from the US' cyberspying on its European allies, EU members have agreed that they will come up with an EU cyberdefense policy in 2014. They also agreed to map out an EU maritime security strategy by June.

European nations strike deal on tackling cybersecurity issues

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