In an interview with a reporter from China National Radio (CNR), Chinese military expert Li Wei said that the U.S. will use cyberwar deterrence as a new form of battle. He indicated that it would be difficult to break the U.S.’s cyber-hegemony in the short-term. Below is a translation of CNR‘s report:
Recently, the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, Mike McCall, stated that the Korean network paralysis that occurred last December was due to the retaliatory measures that the United States initiated. It is the first time that a U.S. lawmakers publicly acknowledged the U.S. attack on North Korea. Why did the U.S. lawmaker suddenly release this information? Is the U.S. cyber army really not conquerable? The reporter interviewed military expert Li Wei on these and related issues.
As early as back in the 1990s, the U.S. proposed the concept of cyber warfare. The U.S. has been developing its cyber army even more in recent years and has actively built up its military activity in cyber space under the banner of safeguarding national interests. Li Wei pointed out that, although the United States followed the previous framework of its military forces, the combat mode has undergone enormous changes. It has become a team of Internet experts in military uniform.
The United States has often used Hackers as a reason to accuse other countries, but the U.S. Congressman has now acknowledged publicly, for the first time, that the U.S. attacked North Korea’s cyber network. Li Wei said that the U.S. lawmaker’s statement may herald that the United States will add to its cyber deterrence as a new deterrence in addition to its nuclear and conventional deterrence.
Li Wei suggested that the United States is far ahead in Internet hardware and technology. Such hegemony is difficult to break in the short term. In the face of such a situation, other countries should develop their Internet core technology and, at the same time, use the U.N. and other international organizations to counterbalance the United States. If we allow the United States to stay dominant, the United States will always maintain its Internet hegemony.
Source: China National Radio (CNR), March 19, 2015