ZDNet has reported how Australia’s federal government has announced that it has agreed to work with China to enhance the cybersecurity cooperation. The discussion was between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Prime Minister Julie Bishop, and Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs Meng Jianzhu. The discussion that was held in Sydney, Australia, and China have agreed to that neither country would conduct or support “cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, trade secrets, or confidential business information with the intent of obtaining competitive edge”. Both countries also agreed to follow the accordance with the reports of the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on cyber. The two have also agreed to establish a “mechanism” to discuss cybersecurity and cybercrime issues in hope to prevent cyber incidents that could cause problems between China and Australia. The meeting included an establishment of a “memorandum of understanding of intellectual property”. This new agreement resembles the one that the U.S  had with China on cybersecurity and it was not held. China has continued to cause cyber attacks even with the agreement. Australia should still have precaution with the agreement because the agreement may just be a way to weaken Australia’s defense.

-Sivia