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China and CybersecurityEspionage, Strategy, and Politics in the Digital Domain$
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Jon R. Lindsay, Tai Ming Cheung, and Derek S. Reveron

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190201265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190201265.001.0001

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Chinese Writings on Cyberwarfare and Coercion

Chinese Writings on Cyberwarfare and Coercion

(p.138) Chapter 6 Chinese Writings on Cyberwarfare and Coercion
China and Cybersecurity

Kevin Pollpeter

Oxford University Press

Although no official Chinese military document defining China’s cyberwarfare doctrine is available, this chapter relies on a variety of reputable Chinese primary sources to address these questions. Although a great number of sources were consulted for this study, Chinese strategists offer largely consistent assessments of cyberwarfare. They conclude that information warfare plays a critical role in modern warfare and that cyberwarfare, called network warfare by Chinese analysts, is a main form of information warfare. Chinese analysts assess that cyberwarfare draws its strength from the central role that computers play in information systems and the susceptibility of computer systems to attack. To date, Chinese computer network operations have been limited to political and economic espionage, but analysis of Chinese writings reveals several doctrinal and cultural factors conducive to the use of network warfare as a warfighting and coercive tool that could lead to misunderstanding and instability in times of crisis.

Keywords:   military doctrine, military strategy, coercion, deterrence, cyberwarfare, China, Chinese sources, misperception, People’s Liberation Army

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