China plans first digital war games

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China plans first digital war games

Warwick Ashford

China’s state media say the country’s military plans to hold its first digital war games.

The news comes amid growing tension with the US over allegations that Chinese hackers have accessed more than 20 designs for advanced US weapons systems.

A report by the official Xinhua news agency said the exercise will "test new types of combat forces including units using digital technology amid efforts to adjust to informationalised war".

"It will be the first time a People's Liberation Army exercise has focused on combat forces including digitalised units,” the report said.

US president Barack Obama is to discuss cyber security with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, during a meeting in California next week, according to the Guardian.

The meeting comes amid growing US concerns over Chinese hacking activities, fueled by the latest report prepared for the Pentagon that alleges that military plans have been accessed.

The report comes just weeks after the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress accused China for the first time of trying to break into US defence computer networks.

In March, the Obama administration called on China to end its campaign of cyber espionage, warning that the hacking activity could derail efforts to build stronger ties between the countries.

In February, a report by US security firm Mandiant said that a large proportion of cyber attacks on US companies and government agencies and organisations originated from a Chinese military unit in Shanghai.

China has denied any involvement and condemned the report for lack of hard evidence.

Earlier in May, US officials said the Shanghai-based unit of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had resumed attacks after going quiet just after the release of the Mandiant report.

They said the unit appeared to have resumed its attacks using different techniques. Mandiant also said the attacks had resumed and that the victims included many of those the unit had attacked before.


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