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Cyber Warfare and US-China Relations

Posted by zhoudage September 23, 2012 in the Group General Discussion.

Hey all, I'm currently researching cyber warfare as it pertains to US-China relations.  Specifically, what kind of attack would actually trigger a violent (kinetic) response from either nation.

A lot of scholars out there are really worried about US cyber security being overly weak.  There are a lot of doom and gloom predicitions (reminiscent of the Cold War actually).  My argument is that China would never launch a military oriented cyber attack on the US for a plethora of reasons:

1) China would ultimately lose more than it would gain in economic terms by hurting the US in such a way.

2) China is an historically passive country.

3) Attacking China would cause the rest of the world to possibly retaliate against China for fear of what it might do next.  A sort of MAD type logic.

4) Attacking first would put China in a morally inferior position.

5) Chinese people do not hold the same sort of animosity toward Americans as they do against, say, the Japanese.  (This sort of goes along with the "China is a passive country" argument).

I'm really interested to know what you all think.  Also, to any lawyers out there who want to talk US, international, or Chinese law please feel free to post or PM me!

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