An Elizabethan Cyberwar

As Barack Obama and China’s president, Xi Jinping, prepare to meet in California next week, America’s relations with China are feeling increasingly like the cold war — especially when it comes to cybersecurity.With the two countries accusing each other of breaking the old rules of the game, a new breed of “cyberhawks” on both sides are arguing for cold-war-like escalation that could turn low-level cyberconflict into total war.But treating today’s Beijing like Brezhnev’s Moscow distorts the nature of the threat and how Washington should respond to it.

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