The US National Security Strategy (NSS) categorizes America's relationship with China and Russia as being competitive. For the sake of discussion, I want to focus on the US-Sino relationship, particularly within the cyber realm.
America's National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS) closely aligns with the NSS in that our technological capabilities will be aimed at protecting the homeland and part of this will be ensuring we have a competitive edge over our adversaries (namely Russia and China). Most notably, the NCS declares that the US will "defend forward" in the cyber domain, a stark departure from previous rhetoric which stressed restraint. Already there has been some pushback on this stance, including China which has (as it has done in the past) criticized the US as "militarizing cyberspace."
China has responded in kind by developing the PLA's own cyber capabilities and establishing the Strategic Support Force to handle cyber operations domestically and abroad. My question is this: while competition is important and we should continue to innovate and outperform adversaries, and in a system where cyber espionage is quite rampant, is there any potential room for strategic cooperation between the US and China within the cyber domain? Common sense would dictate that the most sustainable strategy would be one where the two strongest players in the international system work together in some fashion, even if they have significantly different views.