This is better written than most ‘chicken little’ pieces, but please can we have ‘history’ of how most nations, including the USA, have engages in ‘industrial espionage‘.
I recall a presentation by CSIS that was making the point that Canada’s greatest threat on the Industrial Espionage scene was France, and France had been practising Industrial Espionage against the “English Speaking World” for centuries. And he had evidence to back that up from at lest Napoleonic times.
For centuries, the secret of growing tea was one of China’s
most closely-guarded treasures. Along with silk, tea was an
extremely valuable agricultural commodity, prized as a luxury
item across Asia and into Europe.
In the mid-19th century, however, Briton Robert Fortune
dressed as a Chinese man (complete with queue) and set out
to discover the secret of tea-growing. He located the bushes
that produce tea, and stole seedlings that he transported to
British India. China’s tea monopoly was broken.
Fortune’s explorations are detailed in a new book, For All
the Tea in China, by Sarah Rose. She frames this not
simply as a tale of Victorian exploration, but as early
industrial espionage – which, of course, it was.
I’m not saying this justifies anything, any more that the Opium trade or forcing products from the Industrialized West onto Asian markets, also part of or common historic context, justifies any reprisals.
I’m just saying Context is Everything and if you ignore history (especially when dealing with people for whom history is an important context) then you are setting yourself up for a sea of troubles.
- For All The Tea In China – Sarah Rose (scottjb.wordpress.com)
- Different Ethical Issues Faced by the Global Software Companies (thinkingbookworm.typepad.com)
- Howes calls for cyber espionage inquiry (news.smh.com.au)
- Corporate Espionage Is Real – Even In The Pharma Industry (bioresearchonline.com)
- “Cyber Czar” wants Homeland Security to patrol America’s Internet borders (blacklistednews.com)
- Former Pentagon Official Says All Chinese Electronics In The US Could Have Built-In Trapdoors (businessinsider.com)
- FBI: Economic Espionage (gloucestercitynews.net)
- Trade Secrets and The Economy (psliplaw.wordpress.com)
- Richard Clarke: China has hacked every major US company (zdnet.com)
- FBI cracks down on economic espionage (wjla.com)
- Peter Thomas Senese’s THE DEN OF THE ASSASSIN Is A Geopolitical Financial Espionage Thriller Thrust In The World Of Cyber, Biological and Chemical Warfare (prweb.com)
- Chinese Economic Espionage: An Overlooked Concern (heritage.org)