Claude Barfield, a former consultant to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, researches international trade policy (including trade policy in China and East Asia), the World Trade Organization (WTO), intellectual property, and science and technology policy. His many books and publications include Swap: How Trade Works with Philip Levy, a concise introduction to the principles of world economics, and Telecoms and the Huawei conundrum: Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States, an AEI Economic Studies analysis that explores the case of Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei and its commitment to long-term investment in the US.
Consultant, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 1982-85
Co-Staff Director, President's Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties, 1979-81
Professional Staff Member, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, U.S. Senate, 1977-79
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1974-77
Reporter, National Journal, 1970-74
Faculty, University of Munich, 1968-69; Yale University, 1962-69
Recent events involving American spy agencies have strained relations with Germany. Despite German outrage at U.S. spying, some have questioned if the government had been truly clueless, especially considering close security relations between the two countries. Nonetheless, the U.S. mishandled the situation in a way that has damaged the vital diplomatic relationship between the two allies.
Future indictments should not be based around trivial technologies, like this one was. The administration needs to tone down its moral indignation against these Chinese incursions. We will have to reach an international accommodation with China on the broad challenges of cybersecurity, and shaming the Chinese military unit will not help create a final solution.