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People’s Daily: U.S. Pushing Global “Cyberspace Arms Race”

On March 8, People’s Daily published an article written by Yang Jian, a scholar at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, in response to a U.S. security company’s report accusing the People’s Liberation Army unit in Shanghai of engaging in cyberwarfare against American corporations, organizations, and government agencies.

"The U.S. institutions, media, and politicians recently joined hands to stir up the so-called incident of China’s cyberspace attacks on the U.S., provoking distrust  in cyber security among the major powers. The logic and thinking process (behind this accusation) are worrisome. The U.S. is guiding global cyber security to a wrong conclusion."

"The U.S. strategic papers are filled with the wrong idea of seeking superpower status in cyberspace. The U.S. was the first to name allies and potential enemies in their network security strategy documents; the first to set up a network force to develop network operational plans; and the first to introduce the concept of deterrence in cyberspace. The U.S. strategy is to make enemies, cause the deterioration of relationships between the countries, and undermine the basis and atmosphere of international cooperation on cyber security. Advocating cyber warfare destroys the peaceful nature of the Internet. With other countries following the lead of the U.S., a worldwide destructive view of cyber security has developed. In the past two years, South Korea, India, NATO, Germany, Britain, Japan, and Russia have one by one established network forces or developed plans for armed forces of network security. The global arms race on cyber space is about to begin."

"The U.S. has taken a lot of trouble to look for the shadow of the Chinese military. Actually it hopes to implement outdated and harmful cyber security concepts by making an enemy and tracking the evidence. So far, only the U.S. government has initiated cyber attacks against nuclear facilities and network firewalls in countries. In the current round of the so-called China’s cyber attack incident, the U.S. again has provided a wrong presentation, which validates its revengeful actions based on the so-called ‘facts’ recognized by its own domestic organization. The U.S. already played this trick when launching the Iraqi war. The act of making up excuses for its unilateral actions, if spread in cyberspace, will bring catastrophic consequences."

Source: People’s Daily, March 8, 2013