Chinese President Xi Jinping stands by national flags at the Schloss Bellevue presidential residency in Berlin on March 28, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a landmark visit to fellow export powerhouse Germany Friday, the third leg of his European tour, expected to cement flourishing trade ties and focus on the Crimea crisis. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

China has announced they seek to narrow the gap with US cyberwar capabilities, according to the DoD’s annual report to congress on Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China.

This report has discussed the Chinese military’s emphasis on the importance of cyberspace for national security in the past but is now capturing how PRC military strategists consider cyber capabilities as a way of deterring and challenging adversaries. As proof of this assessment the report points to a Chinese international cyberspace cooperation strategy document from March 2017 which called for the expedited development of a military “cyber force” as an important aspect of the country’s defense strategy.

For more also see the Threat Brief report on The China Threat.

Several countries have the capability to inflict harm on U.S. interests. However, China is the only one who has declared an intent to challenge the U.S. for global supremacy. China remains a closed society where challenges to party rule are met with harsh, sole crushing response. China is a powerhouse, but one with weaknesses. The same statement carries over to military and intelligence domains.

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