6 key issues awaiting Xi and Obama in Washington

Daily News Article - September 24, 2015


1. a) Define cyber espionage and cyber hacking.
b) What is significant about the charges the U.S. government filed against China last year?
c) What accusation did FBI Director James Comey make regarding cyber attacks made by the Chinese government against the U.S.?

2. a) What deal is the U.S. negotiating with China regarding the cyberhacking?
b) Do you think the Chinese government can/should be trusted to hold up their end of the agreement? Explain your answer.

3. a) Define intellectual property, IPR, infringement and piracy.
b) What did a 2011 report by the U.S. International Trade Commission conclude?
c) What action does Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene suggest President Obama take to address this crime permitted/committed by the Chinese government?

4. Read “A 'State Visit' for China's President Sends All the Wrong Signals” under “Background” below the questions. Since U.S. and Chinese goals for the state visit between President Obama and President Xi are different, what should the Obama administration’s aim be?

5. a) What is the difference between a state visit, an official visit and a working visit, according to U.S. protocol?
b) Why does the commentator suggest that a working visit would have been the best option for the U.S.?
c) Do you agree with this assertion? Explain your answer.
d) Ask a parent the same question. Were you surprised by his/her response? Why or why not?