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PLA Established a Centralized Network Warfare Command

According to a South China Morning Post report that was republished by the Global Times, the PLA has established its first network warfare center, called the Information Protection Center. This center is directly under the General Staff Department and will command all the Internet-based strategic information centers throughout all PLA units. It is the first time that the PLA confirmed it has developed a network warfare strategy. Some believe the strategy has shifted from the information protection of the past to developing network warfare.

The PLA also published a rule that prohibits its 2.3 million soldiers from creating web pages and blogs, entering the online community, and using online chatting and dating services, even when on vacation.

Source: Global Times, July 25, 2010