Robert D. Williams

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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 senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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Aegis Paper Series

Cyberspace Norms and U.S.-China Relations: Addressing the Challenge of ‘China, Inc.+’

A central feature of U.S.-China cyber diplomacy has been Washington’s effort to persuade Beijing to acknowledge and enforce a norm against state-sponsored commercial cyber theft. After years of private diplomacy and public signaling, in September 2015, U.S.

Cybersecurity: Crime and Espionage

The Chinese Hacking Indictments and the Frail “Norm” Against Commercial Espionage

On Monday, the Justice Department unveiled an indictment of three Chinese nationals employed by Chinese cybersecurity firm Boyusec (博御信息), charging them with hacking into the computer systems of Moody’s Analytics, Siemens AG, and GPS developer Trimble Inc. to steal confidential business information “for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain.”