It’s time for the US to re-think how it approaches cyber security, an official says, after it was revealed the US has been sharing sensitive data with foreign governments for years.US President Donald Trump is set to host a cyber summit on Monday to discuss cybersecurity with world leaders and senior officials in the first formal meeting between US President Donald J Trump and his counterpart, Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Trump is also set to hold a summit with Chinese President Li Keqiang, who is also due to meet US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis at the White House.
The US and China are locked in a bitter spat over the deployment of a missile defence system in South Korea.
China, the US and Japan are all signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, an international treaty which bans the development of nuclear weapons.
In the past, the United States has used cyber security to counter cyberattacks by countries such as Russia and China.
The recent revelations of US and Chinese hacking into the US election system led to calls for a new strategy to protect elections and US citizens from cyberattacks.
US and Chinese leaders have agreed to share cyber threat information through a “cyber security cooperation agreement” (CSIA) signed by the Trump administration in October 2017.
Under the agreement, the two countries will share information to combat cyber threats that pose a “direct threat to US national security, foreign policy, public health or economic interests”.
But the pact has not been fully implemented, with some areas of the agreement not being fully enforced.
China is currently under pressure from Washington to enforce the terms of the pact in the face of China’s increasing economic influence in the Pacific.
The Trump administration has also pushed for a review of the CSIA, but experts say it will be years before the pact is fully implemented.
Some experts believe that the Trump Administration is trying to put forward an alternative cybersecurity strategy to China’s aggressive posture in the region.
China’s cyber offensive strategy is to keep its military capabilities intact and maintain its dominant position in the Asia-Pacific region.
In the wake of the recent cyberattack on the US electoral system, Trump and Xi agreed to meet in the White