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Toronto, June 26 (Canadian-Media): An agreement was reached between Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a meeting last week as part of their new high-level national security dialogue, not to engage in state-sponsored hacking of each other's trade secrets and business information, which had deepened the political engagement between the two countries, media reports said.
Daniel Jean, Trudeau's national security adviser, led the talks with Wang Yongqing, the secretary-general of China's Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, CBCNews reports said..
"The two sides agreed that neither country's government would conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sectors," said a communique from the Prime Minister's Office.
Canada and China also discussed about a possible extradition treaty which Canada said is a long way to go but is desired by China, said the statement.
The topics of the agenda included Cybersecurity, counter-terrorism, combating organized crime and regional security issues like the crisis in Syria and North Korea's nuclear sabre-rattling.
The two sides also discussed judicial and rule of law issues, the government statement said.
John McCallum, the former immigration minister now serving as Canada's ambassador to China, had previously flagged judicial issues as an area of disagreement between the two as Canada tries to deepen its economic ties.
"We disagree on the death penalty," McCallum told a House Commons committee in March.
"We disagree on some aspects of the rule of law and privately and publicly on how the Chinese government treats human rights advocates."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)