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New CNAS Report Analyzes China’s Cyber Strategy

China flag_EGovA new report by the Center for a New American Security outlines China’s cybersecurity strategy in the political, economic and military arenas and the development of supporting infrastructure in the past 30 years.

CNAS said Wednesday that Amy Chang‘s “Warring State: China’s Cybersecurity Strategy” report indicates that a level of distrust between the U.S. and China has hindered potential collaboration on cyber initiatives.

“Devising an optimal strategy to address the challenges in the U.S.-China cyber relationship first requires an understanding of motives, agendas, and stakeholders embedded in the process,” said Chang, a CNAS research associate on technology and national security.

The report includes an analysis of China’s cyber infrastructure, cyber activity and domestic and foreign policy with a focus on how these revolve around asserting the power of the Chinese Communist Party and the country’s goals to gain a economic, political and military advantages.

Chang said the CCP is working to build up the country’s offensive and defensive cyber postures through research and development work by both civilian and military groups.

“Chinese behavior will not change in the foreseeable future, unless major shifts in politics…. or incentives change China’s domestic and foreign policy risk calculus and objectives.” she said.

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