Though Clinton extended an olive branch to China in her remarks, the United States and the rising Eastern superpower have had somewhat of a rocky relationship when it comes to cybersecurity. U.S. officials, including National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), have warned that China has engaged in cyber espionage campaigns against the United States to steal American intellectual property.
U.S. companies have also raised alarm bells about China's cyber capabilities. Web giant Google grabbed headlines in 2010 when it revealed that its infrastructure was hit by a cyber attack stemming from China.
Clinton said she had "constructive and productive in-depth discussions" with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Tuesday and met with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday morning.
Yang voiced willingness to work with the United States and other countries to boost international cooperation on cybersecurity.
"Like many countries, China is also a victim of cyber attacks," Yang said. "We’d like to work with the United States and some others to step up our communication and cooperation with respect to ensuring cyber security."