During a joint press conference yesterday with Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said it's "critical" for China and the U.S. to work together on cyber security issues in order to avoid any "miscalculation or misperception" that could precipitate a crisis.

"The U.S. Defense Secretary made his remarks in the wake of a rather damning fiscal 2011 report to Congress that claimed numerous computer networks around the world were the target of digital intrusions, some of which appeared to originate in China," writes TG Daily's Trent Nouveau. "According to the report, the cyber infiltrations focused primarily on extracting data or exfiltrating information. However, Liang was quick to caution against blaming China for all cyber attacks against the United States."

"It's no secret that the U.S. and China are waging a clandestine cyberwar against each other," writes CNET News' Don Reisinger. "In fact, just last month, a U.S. House of Representatives hearing made it abundantly clear that war is being waged -- and that China might be the country's biggest foe."


"Aside from increasing collaboration in cyberspace, both countries decided to expand existing cooperative efforts in humanitarian and disaster relief missions, as well as counterpiracy operations, according to both defense chiefs," writes The Hill's Carlo Munoz.

"Mr Liang and Mr Panetta also discussed a range of other issues, including territorial disputes in the South China Sea, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, and North Korea's nuclear program," BBC News reports. "It was the first visit by a Chinese defense minister to the U.S. since 2003."