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U.S. And China Consider A Cybersecurity Accord

China’s President Xi Jinping started his seven-day tour of the U.S. with a speech to American technology firms and analysts, pledging to fight cybercrime and to disallow the Chinese government from overseas commercial theft and state hacking.

China has long been suspected by U.S. officials of stealing government information and intellectual property, and many openly worry about the possibility of more serious cyber violence. But, aiming to quell fears on both sides, the U.S. and China are negotiating what could be the first cyberspace arms accord in the world.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Scott Borg of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit about what that accord would mean for the future of cyber warfare and fragile U.S.-China relations.

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  • Scott Borg, director of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit.

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President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a press conference at the Great Hall of People on November 12, 2014 in Beijing, China. The U.S. and China are in the midst of negotiating what could be the first cyberspace arms accord in the world. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a press conference at the Great Hall of People on November 12, 2014 in Beijing, China. The U.S. and China are in the midst of negotiating what could be the first cyberspace arms accord in the world. (Feng Li/Getty Images)