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Wang Peiran has been a visiting researcher at the Center for Economic Law and Governance, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, since September 2010. He most recently published “A Tough Sell: Overcoming the EU Arms Embargo” in China Security, and has been interviewed by China Daily and People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China. His research interests cover security studies and international relations theory.

"The government has sought to create a bal- anced approach to cyber policy, ensuring military preparedness and strategic necessities..."
 "It will be important to emphasize building a consensus between Chinese and Western values. This consensus is the social and intellectual basis of international cooperation be- tween China and the Western stakeholders..."

Interest and research in cybersecurity issues began in China in the 1980s. In April 1987, retired Major Shen Wei- guang published the essay “The Harbingers of Information Warfare,” where he introduced his ideas on information warfare.1 In 1987, the Chinese government established the Center for InfoSec Studies2 and Service, which is the main Chinese cybersecurity agency, and the National Information Center.

This article explores China’s approach to cybersecurity, and specifically its infrastructure for dealing with cyberse- curity threats, the role the Internet has played in changing traditional Chinese norms, and the obstacles to Chinese cooperation with the rest of the world in the field of cyber- security. In order to successfully confront the challenges of cybersecurity it is imperative that China increase its engage- ment on both a domestic and international level. (purchase article...)