West Faces “Moment of Retaliation” Over China’s Technological Threat: UK Intelligence Chief


High-ranking British intelligence officials warned that China’s technological growth poses a serious threat to the security of Britain and the West in general.

Britain’s director of GCHQ intelligence, Jeremy Fleming, said on Friday that the West faced a “moment of calculation” as China and Russia increased their malicious activity in cyberspace and other tech areas. He said he was.

Technology development was driven and owned primarily by the West, but now we see that “significant technical leadership has moved east, causing conflicts of interest where prosperity and security are at stake. “He said at the Vincent Brisco Lecture. Imperial College London Institute for Security Science and Technology.

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Chinese soldiers work on computers. (Mil.huanqiu.com)

Russia remains “the most serious threat to Britain,” but Fleming said, “While China is shaping the climate, Russia is affecting the weather,” China is much more systematic. Suggested to raise an issue.

“The threat posed by Russian activity is like finding a vulnerability in a particular app on your mobile phone. It’s potentially serious, but you can probably use another method,” he says. I did. “But the concern is that China’s size and technical weight mean that it has the potential to control the global operating system.”

Fleming said Britain is a global cyberpower and a “big animal” in the digital world, but “historical strength does not mean we can assume it will be in the future. There is none”.

“Cybersecurity is an increasingly strategic issue and requires a country-wide approach,” he said. “Rules are changing in ways that are not always controlled by the government.”

“And without action, it is becoming increasingly clear that the major technologies we will depend on for future prosperity and security are shaped and uncontrolled by the West. We now calculate I’m facing that moment, “he said.

To meet this challenge, he said the UK needs to develop “sovereign technology” in areas such as Quantum to protect sensitive information and functionality.

GCHQ, which collects communications from around the world to identify and disrupt threats to the United Kingdom, has a close relationship with the US National Security Agency and eavesdropping agencies in Australia, Canada and New Zealand in a consortium called the “Five Eyes.” I’m building. “

Fleming’s speech has worsened relations between Britain and the Chinese administration due to allegations of human rights abuses in China, including a dispute over Hong Kong, China’s telecommunications giant Huawei, a Chinese cyberattack on British institutions, and a slaughter. Sometimes done.

On Thursday, the British Parliament unanimously declared a non-binding motion proclaiming that Uighur Muslims and other ethnic and religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region are suffering from crimes against humanity and genocide. Passed and ended it using international law to the British government.

Reuters contributed to this report.