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Throwback Thursday: The Constitution of the People’s Republic of China

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Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Introduction All across China today, schoolchildren are partaking in the newest holiday to grace the country’s calendars: Constitution Day. As part of the celebration, kids are expected to read from the document and discuss it in class, while teachers are encouraged to engage in study sessions and lecture about the Constitution’s continuing relevance. You might . . .
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Huawei at Fed Ex Field

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Monday, November 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

So … Huawei has announced that it will sponsor the Wi-Fi at Fed Ex field for the Suite level.  Any one out there worried, in the least, that Huawei might tap the communications there?  Given how “movers and shakers” all use the Suite level, the richness of the target environment is insanely large.  And how . . .
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Axiom — A Chinese APT

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

And just to prove that we are equal-opportunity victims, I also saw, today, this report from Novetta on “Operation SMN” – a report on a Chinese APT dubbed Axiom.  Here’s a bit of the Executive Summary: Axiom is responsible for directing highly sophisticated cyber espionage operations against numerous Fortune 500 companies, journalists, environmental groups, pro-democracy . . .
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On the Latest Intercept Story

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Monday, October 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

You may not have read much about the latest big scoop in The Intercept, released Friday evening under the bylines of Peter Maass and Laura Poitras and headlined “Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany.” There have not been a lot of media organizations following the story. This might be due to the infelicitous timing of . . .
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China’s Cyber War on the Protesters

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Monday, October 6, 2014 at 8:30 AM

As Benjamin Bissell noted a few days ago, Hong Kong protestors have developed some interesting ways of trying to avoid Chinese repression, including the use of an app, FireChat, that allows them to communicate without using the internet at all.  But, as you might expect, China was not likely to stand idly by.  Consider this . . .
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The Foreign Policy Essay: China’s ADIZ in the East China Sea

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Editor’s Note: China’s establishment last November of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) shook many observers, who feared it was a first step in a more aggressive Chinese foreign policy. Here at the Foreign Policy Essay, we’ve already taken an early look at the issue. However, as the months have passed and a crisis has . . .
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Why Indictments Won’t Stop China’s Cybersnooping

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

The Chinese government and its proxies have recently ratcheted up harassment of U.S. IT firms doing business in China.  In the last week, China has deployed its antitrust laws against Qualcomm and Microsoft.  This comes on the heels of recent attacks in China on Apple and Cisco and IBM.  China has also increased its harassment of . . .
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“Greetings from the Chinese Embassy”

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Friday, June 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM

“Greetings from the Chinese Embassy.”  That’s how the email opened.  It was an invitation to lunch (or tea) with a counselor in the embassy to discuss cybersecurity.  How could I say “no?”  So I went to lunch the other day.  It was, on the whole, altogether pleasant, and relatively unsurprising, but worth noting nonetheless for . . .
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MILOPS Thoughts on China’s Maritime Disputes

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:00 AM

I spent this morning at the MILOPS conference watching a series of presentations on China’s maritime disputes with its neighbors in the East and South China Seas. Because of the ground rules of the conference, I can’t describe who said what, and I’m very far from an expert on the subject. But a few thoughts struck . . .
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Wishful Thinking Department

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Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Conversation at the Rosenzweig breakfast table this morning: Wife:  “That’s just dreaming.” Me: “What?” Wife (pointing to front page New York Times article): “Thinking that the Chinese will become more transparent.” Apparently, the US has been giving the Chinese briefings on “the Pentagon’s doctrine for defending against cyberattacks against the United States — and for . . .
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The Foreign Policy Essay: Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy—Better Than It Looks

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Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Editor’s Note: As the United States confronts a range of challenges in the coming decades, pundits and policymakers alike fret that partisan polarization, growing isolationism among the American people, and political institutions that are not up to the task may leave us unprepared and vulnerable. However, such pessimism may be overstated and, importantly, it lacks . . .
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Reflections on U.S. Economic Espionage, Post-Snowden

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Cheng Li’s and Ryan McElveen’s good post over the weekend (via Daniel Byman) sparked the following reflections on U.S. economic espionage, post-Snowden.  Li and McElveen nicely summarize U.S.-Chinese relations concerning cybersecurity in the run-up to and aftermath of the Snowden revelations.  The post is especially helpful on how the Snowden revelations have hurt some U.S. . . .
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An Analysis of the Military Balance in East Asia

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Over at The National Interest, I just published a short piece about the military balance in East Asia. In particular, I analyze the context, conduct, and consequences of an American blockade of China in the (thankfully) unlikely event of a Sino-American war, ultimately concluding that “[w]hile a blockade is not a priori impossible or irrelevant in . . .
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American Paralysis and Troubles in the South China Sea: A Primer on the Philippines-China Arbitration

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Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM

In response to the government shutdown at home, President Obama decided last week to cancel his planned participation in a series of Asian and Pacific summits. Unsurprisingly, the decision has provoked considerable consternation abroad as the United States’ allies fret about American dependability, particularly in the shadow of a rising and increasingly assertive China. Perhaps the . . .
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The Big Hack This Week ….

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

No, I’m not talking about the Syrian Electronic Army’s likely take down of the New York Times website yesterday – though that is probably what you were thinking and also probably the only one you’ve read about.  That reflects, I think, a unique US-centric view of cybersecurity. This week’s biggest hack, however, was apparently (and . . .
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The Snowden Revelations and Cybersecurity

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 7:03 AM

One immediate consequence of Snowden’s various revelations about massive USG surveillance – at home and especially abroad – was to put a chill on the loud U.S. campaign against Chinese cyber-snooping.  (The hypocrisy in the U.S. position, and the fecklessness of mere complaints about the Chinese practice, was something that I and others have been pointing . . .
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The United Kingdom and Huawei

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Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Last October, I noted the publication of a House Intelligence Committee report on the possibility of hardware intrusions arising from the use of products manufactured by Huawei and/or ZTE (two Chinese telecom companies).  I’ve also had a bit of fun gently mocking China’s pro forma denials of any hacking efforts. Now comes news that Her . . .
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Offline — The Chinese Peril

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Those who follow my blog posts devoutly (both of you :-)) will be sad to learn that I will be off-line from now until the July 4th holiday.  Of course, as with everything I write about, the underlying reason for being off-line has a cybersecurity connection. You see, I will be traveling for pleasure to . . .
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South China Sea Fireworks at MILOPS

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Last year, I posted this remarkable set of slides from the Chinese presentation at the MILOPS conference in Singapore, slides entitled “China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea: Understanding the South China Sea issue from the angle of law.” Today, participants in this year’s MILOPS conference in Bangkok saw a remarkable exchange . . .
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More Questions About the USG Basis for Complaints about China’s Cyber Exploitations

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:24 AM

I have written many posts about China’s cyber exploitations that make two points (among others): (1) USG complaints about China’s cyber exploitations against USG databases (such as those in DOD) are hypocritical (and not likely to influence Beijing) since the USG is at least as aggressive against China’s government databases as China is against ours, and probably better at it; and (2) . . .
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