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Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to reassure US officials that Beijing remains committed to financial reforms and an open economy.
China reacted angrily following a call by America's top intelligence official for cybersecurity against China to be stepped up, and said the United States should stop "groundless accusations".
Google has quietly removed the Chinese name for a South China Sea shoal bitterly disputed by Beijing and Manila from its maps service, following an outcry from Filipinos.
The United States said that cyber theft sponsored by the Chinese government was a major problem and stressed the need to keep Asian sea lanes open as the world's two biggest economies held annual talks aimed at maintaining working relations in spite of rising tensions.
China-linked hackers appear to have gained access to sensitive background information submitted by US intelligence and military personnel for security clearances that could potentially expose them to blackmail, the Associated Press reported.
President Barack Obama vowed that the United States would aggressively bolster its cyber defences, as US officials said the probe into a massive breach of federal government networks has yielded growing signs of a direct Chinese role.
A massive breach of US federal computer networks disclosed this week is the latest in a flood of attacks by suspected Chinese hackers aimed at grabbing personal data, industrial secrets and weapons plans from government and private computers.
Data stolen from US government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, US officials said, underlining the scope of one of the largest known cyberattacks on federal networks.