Strategic Stability and Cyberspace: The Impact of China’s Military and Espionage Practices

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In this lecture, Dr Greg Austin addressed the evolution of China’s policies and capabilities for military and espionage uses of cyberspace, including an overview of the civil economic and political context.

He examined China’s emergence as a cyber power and how this has influenced diplomacy, trade and strategic affairs, with particular focus on the United States and Russia and how cyberspace issues may affect underlying notions of strategic stability between the great powers.

Whilst cyber war may not take place, the impact of cyber weapons and their application to pre-emptive uses of other forms of military power may be destabilising. There are policy responses available to contain these destabilising impacts but they are not yet in place.

Dr Greg Austin is the author of Cyber Policy in China (2014) and the recent article, “Managing Asymmetries in Chinese and American Cyber Power” (October 2014). He has published several books on China’s strategic policy and one book on the Russian armed forces. He is a Professorial Fellow with the EastWest Institute and has held posts in defence intelligence, diplomacy, academia and NGOs. Whilst writing Cyber Policy in China, Austin also held a Visiting Senior Fellowship with the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

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