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Guangming Daily: China To Develop its Own Software for National Security Concerns

Guangming Daily reported on a possible security risk for China. It pointed to the increasing popularity of desktop software applications, which could be used as weapons to control the network should a network war break out. The paper quoted Luo Jiangchun, CEO of, a popular Chinese website that distributes online movies. Luo argued that from a national security point of view, China should pay special attention to the particular issue (given that China’s desktop software market is dominated by foreign companies). “This presents a security risk not only for the individual’s propriety information, but also to China’s network.” The only way out of this dilemma is for China to bring its local software companies up to par, so that they will dominate the market and eliminate the need to rely on bringing foreign software into China.

Source: Guangming Daily, August 9, 2009