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19 June


Xi Jinping wants to lead the cyberwarfare

China push ahead in the race to harness the power of the internet

Photo: SCMP

/NOVOSTIVL/ From the time he assumed power in 2012, President Xi Jinping made it clear how important a role he believed the internet would play in China’s future. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

To his credit, he recognised that the future is digital, and that those countries that can get ahead and stay ahead in the race for digital supremacy would hold a natural advantage in global economic competition. He set China on a path that would help ensure its future economic competitiveness by harnessing the power of the internet.

That implies ramping up the silent, behind-the-scenes cyberwarfare that is already in the process of reshaping how the wars of the future will be fought.

Chinese military doctrine has long articulated the use of a wide spectrum of warfare against its adversaries. Much of what is known outside of China about its approach to asymmetric warfare is contained in a book first published in Chinese in 1999 and translated 10 years later with the title Unrestricted Warfare, which is still relevant.