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Toward a U.S. Strategy on Chinese Cyber Activities?

Bipartisan Policy Center
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Washington, DC 20005
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Following the theft of records of millions of federal government employees from the computers of the Office of Personnel Management and ahead of the September 2015 visit to Washington of Chinese President Xi Jinping, policymakers were engaged in a debate about what actions could be taken to try and constrain Chinese cyberespionage against both public and private sector targets. Naming and shaming had been tried, indictment of Chinese government hackers had been tried, and so policymakers suggested economic sanctions as a possible lever for changing Chinese behavior. Instead, Presidents Obama and Jinping signed an agreement that would constrain both countries from engaging in cyber industrial espionage.

With the first U.S-Chinese dialogue about implementing this agreement scheduled for December 1, BPC hosted a keynote address from Senator Cory Gardner followed by an expert panel discussion about how U.S. policy towards Chinese cyber operations should be shaped.

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Keynote remarks by:

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy

Panel discussion with:

Stewart Baker
Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Former First Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security

Rob Knake
Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Former Director for Cybersecurity Policy, National Security Council

Randall Schriver
President and CEO, Project 2049 Institute
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Moderated by:

Ellen Nakashima
National Security Reporter, The Washington Post


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