Nov 28, 2018

Steve Weber: Trump Administration Has Elevated China’s Role in International Property Theft to a National News Level

From The Hill

Trump-Xi meeting sets stage for confrontation over economic espionage

By Jacqueline Thomsen

U.S.-China trade tensions are poised to come to a head this week when President Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and a major component of those talks will likely focus on intellectual property (IP) theft...

Steve Weber, faculty director for the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity at the University of California at Berkeley, said that in the 25 years he’s been tracking intellectual property theft, China consistently plays a prominent role.

What’s new, he said, is how the Trump administration has elevated to a national level what was previously viewed as a profit-margin issue for companies.

“I think that’s the big shift that's happened in Washington in the past year or so,” Weber said. “It's moved from ‘this is a business model problem that companies have to solve’ to ‘this is a foreign policy problem that the United States needs to solve as a government.’ ”


Steve Weber is a professor in the School of Information and the department of political science, and faculty director for the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity.

Last updated:

December 3, 2018