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James Steinberg, former deputy secretary of State under President Barack Obama and now dean and professor at Syracuse University, spoke to business leaders at the US-China Business Council’s Forecast conference on Jan. 31 about the Obama administration’s approach to the US-China relationship during the president’s second term.

Steinberg said he expects no change in the administration’s overall approach to China, but that there are areas of uncertainty in the relationship—including China’s economic policy and cybersecurity—that could lead to unpredictable outcomes.

Steinberg said that the United States “cannot underestimate the damaging impact the disputes over cyber are having on the overall relationship” with China.

“I think the most important thing that can be done in the short term is precisely to address the issues that you’re concerned about: to at least address the issue of piracy and industrial espionage,” Steinberg said.

Posted by Christina Nelson