In a 2013 speech at the Asia Society headquarters in New York, then-National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon called for the United States and China to “lead the way in addressing the problem” of cyber security. Indeed, cyber security has become an irritant in U.S.-China relations and a major issue for corporations. Based on recent U.S. estimates, more than 90 percent of cyber-espionage originates in China. The Chinese government and military are accused of being directly involved, though China insists that it is a victim rather than an instigator of cyber-attacks. Elsewhere in Asia and around the world, states have begun to reassess their vulnerability to theft and technical sabotage. Not limited to national security, the threat of cyber-attacks is a growing concern for the private sector as well. For example, after a year-long U.S. congressional investigation, the Chinese firm Huawei, the world’s second largest telecommunications equipment maker, announced that it is no longer interested in the U.S. market.
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