What to Expect from the US-China Cyber Deal?


Jason Healey

Senior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative,

Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security Atlantic Council

James Mulvenon

Deputy Director of Advanced Analysis

DGI’s Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis

Adam Segal

Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program

Council on Foreign Relations

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, a conference call was held with members and press regarding the recent cyber deal between the United States and China, and its implications. The two countries agreed not to conduct cyber-enabled economic espionage, and while many China experts and cybersecurity professionals have raised concerns about the limitations of the agreement and the credibility of China’s commitment to it – the country has repeatedly denied any engagement in commercial cyber theft despite mounting evidence suggesting otherwise – the agreement nevertheless marks the first time the United States and China have publicly agreed on the impermissibility of economic espionage.

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