Global Cyber-Espionage and U.S. Economic Competitiveness — The Newest Trade Issue?

China Cyberwarf
     There is a global cyber-espionage campaign threatening the U.S. economic competitiveness, a new National Intelligence Estimate states.  The source of this to a great degree is China. The Obama administration is considering filing a complaint in the WTO concerning theft of trade secrets. This has been called “state-led cyberwar.” The U.S. is also raising this cyber issue in the “strategic security dialogue” with China.
     Cyber-espionage for commercial purposes has become the newest global trade issue with grave national security implications. It raises the importance of structuring a new legal architecture, nationally and globally, to address this issue. This is of course in addition to the broader issue of cyber-conflict in a geopolitical context involving both state and non-state actors. 
     The Obama administration should take the lead on this issue and work through multilateral institutions as well as bilateral negotiations. Unilateral actions should be a last resort. But new and measured  U.S. legislation is required now to protect its economic sovereignty.


“Cyber-Spying and U.S. Economic Competitiveness.” Washington Post (Feb. 11, 2013).

About Stuart Malawer

Distinguished Service Professor of Law & International Trade at George Mason University (Schar School of Public Policy).
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1 Response to Global Cyber-Espionage and U.S. Economic Competitiveness — The Newest Trade Issue?

  1. Jean-Claude Lapointe, B.A., LL.B., M.A.P. says:

    Reblogged this on JC Lapointe on www and commented:
    A question to investigate further.

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