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Chinese Motivations for Corporate Espionage – A Historical Perspective
One of the most common criticisms of the hypothesis that the People's Republic of China (PRC) conducts corporate espionage is that Beijing would not risk the political and economic fallout that would occur if their role was discovered and exposed. Along those same lines, most people assume that the PRC would conduct political or military espionage, as most other states do, but not necessarily partake in corporate espionage. From the political science or economic perspectives, there are indeed considerable disadvantages to state-sponsored corporate espionage, but in this case one must be careful to avoid the intellectual bias of mirror imaging. There are three important historical factors that contradict the idea that the PRC would conduct one form of espionage but not the other, and these must be taken into account when attempting to determine Beijing's involvement or lack thereof.