The fifth meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) will be held in Washington on July 10–11. This annual gathering of senior officials from across the U.S. and Chinese governments is the main forum for policy dialogue between the world’s two largest powers.
The revelations of various National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs have led to a discouragingly shallow debate. Putting aside the blindingly obvious conclusion that less surveillance means more successful terrorist attacks, and ignoring the polls that show a majority of Americans support such programs if there is adequate oversight, let us consider some points that critics have overlooked.
With the implementation of sequestration, federal spending is expected to be cut by approximately $1.2 trillion over the next decade. In these times of austerity, demand from the public and Congress to verify that federal money is spent effectively has led to a number of policies and mechanisms meant to improve the quality and quantity of federal contracting data.
In February 2012, Congress enacted a law authorizing the terms by which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must hold an innovative rulemaking to address wireless spectrum needs. Then, in September, the FCC launched the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction proceeding in accordance with that law. The comment cycle for this proceeding concluded this March.
There has been a resounding chorus of voices in Washington calling for the United States to give companies the right to retaliate against cyber attackers in China with counterstrikes of their own, the most recent being a report that concludes that if other measures to get China to change its behavior fails
Over the weekend of May 3-5, Israel carried out airstrikes against targets in Syria, specifically against a shipment of missiles believed to be headed towards Lebanon. This is the third set of Israeli strikes that has hit Syrian targets without reports of effective Syrian resistance or Israeli losses since the start of 2013.
The U.S. semiconductor industrial base is critical to the nation’s continued leadership in advanced defense technologies. The importance of this industry adds urgency to declining cost-competitiveness among U.S. manufacturers and diverging alignment between global demand and domestic production capacity.
The various states that comprise the EU and non-EU Europe play a critical role in the competition between the US and Iran. Iran’s progress towards a nuclear weapons threshold capability – and evidence that it may be seeking to deploy nuclear armed missiles – has led to enhanced policy coordination between leaders in the US and Europe.
All political parties are focused on survival. That is certainly the case in Vietnam and in many of its neighboring countries. As economic growth moves from the fast lane to something more qualitatively sustainable, newly empowered constituents are demanding more access to information, better services from governments, more substantial social safety nets, and better economic governance.
Many times in discussion of cybersecurity with Chinese colleagues one hears the charge that there is no evidence that China and Chinese hackers are responsible for the many incidents attributed to them. CSIS did a review of open source literature identifying China as the source of hacking and cyber espionage incidents.