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Qiushi Theory: Dominance in Cyberspace will Shift from the U.S to China

Qiushi Theory (Seeking Truth) a bi-monthly periodical on political theory published by the Central Party School and the Central Committee of the Communist Party circulated an article stating that cyberspace security has become the major battleground between China and the U.S. The article predicted that, in the next five to 10 years, China will shift from being in a defensive position to gaining control and dominance in cyberspace security.

According to the article, the U.S. currently leads the world in Internet infrastructure; the U.S. is the most competitive [country] in the Internet industry and it is the most powerful in cyber warfare. According to the article, the U.S. is also the only country in the world that has the capacity to be aggressive in its cyberspace strategy, even though it claims its strategy is a defensive type.

The article also pointed out that the U.S. utilizes its discourse right to frame China as the cyber attacker but neglects to mention that the U.S. is the origin of cyber attacks and has the largest base for cyber attackers. It pointed out that the U.S. dominates in cyberspace infrastructure including the root name server and IP name server. Both of these are under the control of the U.S. government, while U.S. companies have the absolute advantage of dominance as the supplier in building Internet infrastructure.

The article anticipated that the dominance of cyberspace will shift to China due to the fact that China’s netizen population is three times that of the U.S. The main task for China is to finish improving its cyberspace security defense strategy. The article concluded that China also has an urgent need to finalize its top level national strategy so that it fits China’s capabilities and its growth trend. At the same time, it must come up with the proper strategy and wisdom to face competition in the cyberspace industry and in the media war.

Source: Qiushi Theory, February 22, 2014