On March 11, Li Jian, Director of the Zhiyuan Strategic and Defense Research Institute, and Li Daguang, a Professor at the National Defense University, published an opinion article on Huanqiu (Global Times) in response to two events. The first was a remark that the U.S. President’s National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon, made that China should stop hacking U.S. computer systems and stealing commercial secrets. The second was the U.S. network security company Mandiant’s report, "APT1: to expose one of the Chinese cyber espionage units." The article said that this was by no means a simple matter. “The United States has formed a relatively complete strategic structure of "National Security Strategy – the defense strategy – the national military strategy. The U.S. has become habitual in its strategic thinking. Everything is well articulated: planning, assessment, and step-by-step moves.
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“Such a well-designed [act] by the United States serves nothing more than to achieve the following purposes: the first is to test its rival’s bottom line; the second is, through communication channels, to tie ‘the Chinese military’ to the act of ‘stealing business intelligence’ so as to hinder the Chinese military’s normal development in cyberspace; the third is to act as a deterrent, warning other countries or groups that the United States can use the same means to carry out targeted strikes.”
“The U.S. has made itself the ‘Cyber guard’ of international Internet security. The purpose is to achieve two parallel and overlapping effects through its use of information warfare: the first is to enhance the credibility and legitimacy of all the activities of the United States’ Internet system in cyberspace; the second is to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of the non ally countries’ network group, including China.”
Source: Huanqiu, March 13, 2013