The UK and China have, “agreed to regular coordination on cyber-security related issues in order to prevent cyber-commercial espionage and related transnational criminal activity. I welcomed China's openness to signing-up to the WeProtect global alliance on preventing child sexual exploitation online,” said Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the UK's national security adviser.
He was hosting Wang Yongqing, secretary-general of the Central Commission for Politics and Law, for the second UK-China High Level Security Dialogue.
The dialogue focused on cooperation on cyber-security, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism, and organised crime.
During the dialogue, the National Security Adviser and Secretary-General Wang agreed various measures aimed at strengthening UK and China security cooperation.
These included expanded mechanisms on Cyber Security agreed at the first Security Dialogue, an agreement to combat modern slavery and sharing experiences on how best to support victims as well as detailed exchanges on dealing with foreign terrorist fighters..
The National Security Adviser and Secretary-General Wang agreed that a next round of high-level talks should take place in Beijing in approximately twelve months time.Speaking after the dialogue, Grant said: “Security cooperation with China is an important part of our Global Partnership, and is in both countries national interest. Secretary-General Wang and I agreed to strengthen UK-China cooperation in a number of priority areas.”