Hillary Clinton makes a splash on Chinese hacking

by Chris Zappone

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s blunt words on China’s hacking, as reported by Reuters:

[Clinton] accused China on Saturday of stealing commercial secrets and “huge amounts of government information,” and of trying to “hack into everything that doesn’t move in America.”

They’re also trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move in America. Stealing commercial secrets … from defense contractors, stealing huge amounts of government information, all looking for an advantage.

What’s remarkable is how forthright her words were on this one topic. Compared to her vacillating views on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for example, she came down hard and fast on China’s hacking. Of course, it’s a no-brainer in a way, as Hillary won’t face Chinese national voters in the election. She will face voters who have a strong case of ambivalence about the worth of free trade deals.

Clinton’s views on China’s no doubt were informed by her time as Secretary of State. Industrial espionage via the internet is also an issue close to the heart of corporate America. Nonetheless, her comments were a rare bit of straight talk by the famously hard-to-pin down politician.