31 Jul '15, 12pm

2015 is the year of Chinese cyber power.

2015 is the year of Chinese cyber power.

Author: Greg Austin, EastWest Institute In February 2014 Chinese President Xi Jingping declared his intent to do everything necessary for China to become a cyber power. Since then Xi and his government have been hyperactive on all relevant fronts: political, legal, economic, organisational and diplomatic. The Chinese leadership’s attention became even more focused on cyber issues in May 2014 when the United States indicted five Chinese military personnel for cyber espionage involving commercial secrets of US-based corporations. But, as documented in my 2014 book Cyber Policy in China , Xi’s cyber focus had been decades in the making. China has been struggling since 1983 to overcome its technological backwardness for the information economy and, since around 2000, for a potential cyber war. Xi’s government has taken many measures to turn China into a cyber power. In Septemb...

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/07/31/2015-is-the-year-...

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