Writing for China-U.S. Focus, EWI Senior Fellow Franz-Stefan Gady suggests a framework where the United States and China could achieve an equilibrium in cyberspace. He argues that both countries could be deterred from engaging in reckless behavior and inciting a cycle of retaliatory cyber attacks.
Gady states, "One of the principle questions moving forward will be how the United States and China can manage to contain their disagreements over cyberspace without an escalation in cyber rivalry and the risk of a full-scale cyber war. One approach may be that both governments seriously discuss strategic cyber stability. The goal would be an equilibrium in which both sides are deterred from engaging in reckless behavior for fear of upsetting the status quo in cyberspace and inciting a cycle of retaliatory cyber attacks."