Langevin is Skeptical on Chinese Part of Cybersecurity Agreement

Friday, September 25, 2015


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Congressman Jim Langevin has released a statement on the cyber agreements announced today between China and the United States.

Langevin is a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and is also the co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus.

Langevin's Statement is Below

“This agreement represents important, substantive progress in the relationship between the U.S. and China. For too long, Chinese hackers – both governmental and criminal – have exploited American companies by stealing their hard-won intellectual property and using it to further their own economic interests. This accord clarifies that so-called ‘economic espionage’ is not espionage but theft and that it has no place in 21st century dealings between states. I am also encouraged that the Chinese have agreed to give prompt attention to law enforcement requests for assistance when a cyber criminal is believed to be within their jurisdiction. No country should be a haven for hacking, and I hope other nations will embrace these commonsense measures in their dealings with the United States.

However, as positive as this agreement is, I remain skeptical about the Chinese commitment to carry it out. I believe that the threat of sanctions brought President Xi to the negotiating table, and President Obama must make clear to his counterparts that sanctions will be levied on rogue actors in cyberspace. While I hope that the ministerial-level talks between our countries will help preclude sanctions from being necessary, America must protect our businesses from foreign threats. I congratulate President Obama and his team for their work in negotiating this agreement, and I look forward to a new era of understanding in cyberspace.”


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