By Xu Peixi
The U.S. has two times challenged China in the field of Internet governance. The first challenge came in the form of a speech delivered by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Internet freedom following Google's withdrawal from the Chinese mainland. The second came as private security firm, Mandiant, released a report accusing the Chinese military of stealing U.S. intellectual property.
I have discussed the first attack in an earlier publication. How to make sense of this new offensive — a seemingly scheduled escalation — of the previous hostility in terms of both rhetoric and substance? Observers feel reluctant to comment on the Mandiant report because they fail to understand the technical details. However, it is fairly easy to make sense of this dispute by reading the report itself and by some creative thinking