Internet: New tension between Beijing and Washington

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Robert Silvers said at a May 3 event at the Milken Institute Global Conference that China is the U.S.’s main long-term strategic rival.

The latter indicated that the growing schism between the United States and China in digital regulation is being created effectively. “two internet”. According to him, with China’s dominance in electronics manufacturing and its vast digital infrastructure, the United States believes that China can turn its own Internet into a really dangerous weapon.


“I think China is without a doubt our most important long-term strategic competitor. I think the threats coming out of China are somehow too much to count. And I think, for the first time, in the technology space, you only see a lot of piracy activities that have been targeted in the United States. “ said Robert Silvers.

He added that China’s investment in digital infrastructure in developing countries could expand China’s surveillance of cyberspace content, and that the launch of the United States Declaration on the Future of the Internet is an important step in response to China’s actions.

“I am deeply concerned about the trend of the Chinese version of the Internet,” said Robert Silvers. The former chief of staff of the US Air Force assured that the United States will not be able to react if China and Russia cooperate in the field of cyber warfare.


Following these statements, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that China rejects “Confirmation of the statements of US officials that do not correspond to the facts and are made for political purposes.”

In factto maintain its advantages and its monopoly position in cyberspace, the United States has broken the rules and acted irresponsibly and unscrupulously to hinder the development of the Internet and digital in China. “the latter assured.

A spokesman for Chinese diplomacy said “By limiting China’s development, the United States has violated the rules and even divided the Internet and forced some countries to sign the so-called ‘Declaration for the Future of the Internet,'” he said. UN platforms, i he tried to replace the multilateral rules with a set of rules that fit his little cliques. ”

For Beijing, the United States is persecuting “A malicious industrial policy in the name of human rights and security. This is not fair competition, but malicious obstruction“.


As for cyberattacks, China is seen by Washington as the main threat to its cybersecurity. In an annual report published in March 2022, the Office of the National Intelligence Director states that “China poses the most active and persistent cyber espionage risk to the U.S. government and private sector networks.”

Chinese authorities have always denied involvement in computer attacks on US companies or government agencies. In addition, Zhao Lijian assured him “The United States has been carrying out massive, systematic and indiscriminate thefts of data and information around the world for many years.”

“They have also provided cyber technology and offensive cyber weapons to other countries, worked hard to integrate their allies’ cyber attack forces, spread misinformation about ‘hacking China’ and tried to pursue an advanced deployment in China’s neighborhood. All these behaviors are very irresponsible. “

The latter assured him “in pursuit of their own interests in cyberspace issues, the United States has created divisions, incited confrontation, and coerced other countries. This has seriously undermined the solidarity of the international community and hampered global efforts to promote global governance in cyberspace. “

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