As technological capabilities expand, it’s getting harder to distinguish between national security and economic interests.
Robert Williams is a senior research scholar, lecturer, and executive director of the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution.
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The Commerce Department’s reports on the impact of steel and aluminum imports on national security embrace an expansive definition of “national security,” setting the stage for other countries—especially China—to pursue similarly expansive definitions.
Announcing the latest essay in the Aegis Paper Series: Robert Williams’s “The ‘China, Inc.+’ Challenge to Cyberspace Norms.”
An unsealed indictment of three Chinese nationals charged with hacking the systems of U.S. companies for economic advantage calls into question the robustness of commercial espionage norms.
A summary and analysis of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), Congress’ proposal to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an interagency group responsible for reviewing foreign investment for potential national security risks.
U.S. officials could “accept” China’s "freeze-for-freeze" proposal—for a suspension of North Korea's nuclear and missile testing in return for a suspension of U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises—on the condition that China itself bring something to the table.
To understand the implications of the recent U.S. FONOP near the Paracel Islands, it is worth stepping back to consider the diplomatic and legal context.