Langevin: Chinese Economic Espionage Must End

Dec 20, 2018 Issues: Cybersecurity, Economy and Jobs

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin, a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, issued the following statement regarding the indictment of two Chinese hackers on charges of cyber-enabled economic espionage:

“Stealing commercial secrets to prop up companies is not the behavior of responsible states, and the United States and her allies must stand up to this reckless behavior. I commend the Deputy Attorney General for leading a whole-of-government response to Chinese cyber-enabled economic espionage. We are joined by our international partners, many of which have also been victimized by China’s campaign of relentless state-sponsored theft. Collective international action, rather than going it alone, is the best way to make it clear to China that their actions are unacceptable.

“The Obama-Xi accord in 2015 remains a seminal moment in the development of international rules of the road in cyberspace. China is clearly willfully in violation of that agreement and of statements it agreed to in multilateral fora including the G20. President Xi and his lackeys at the Ministry of State Security must understand that they will be held to account for undermining the rules-based international order. The President should immediately take steps to sanction not just the parties directly involved in breaking into these managed service providers but the Chinese companies that benefited from this illicitly acquired intellectual property. Chinese business leaders need to understand that if they make a Faustian pact with their government, they will not be welcome in the international community.

“Finally, I strongly encourage my colleagues in Congress to immediately pass the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act introduced by my colleague Representative Ted Yoho, which would codify important authorities and allow the government to take swift action in response to violations of international norms. I look forward to continuing to push for measures to enhance the stability of cyberspace as the Democratic majority takes office next year.”