Dramatic warning China wants to CONTROL the world’s internet as Australian ex-general warns the nation is unprepared for the ‘full power’ of the Communist giant’s cyber capabilities
- Countries should be wary of working with China on online regulation, report said
- Australian policy experts warned China trying to replicate censorship elsewhere
- Countries without tough cyber regulations need to ‘err on the side of caution’
- Came as federal MPs passed bill giving more powers to Australia’s cyber spies
Countries without proper cyber regulations should be wary about engaging with China as the country positions itself as an online superpower, a new report has warned.
China is attempting to strengthen co-operation with other governments and companies to work on online regulation and set the rules, norms and values of the internet.
But the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says countries without tough policies in place need to ‘err on the side of caution’ when engaging with the communist regime as it tries to commandeer cyberspace at home and abroad.
Chinese soldiers carry the flags of the country’s Communist Party during a military parade. Countries without proper cyber regulations should be wary about engaging with China about online issues, a new report has warned
China is trying to replicate its own system of censorship in other jurisdictions and reshape the global norms such as free speech that are associated with internet usage, the institute’s new report says.
‘Countries should consider the future of cyberspace and what information should be shared, and even controlled, by countries such as China,’ it says.
‘The Chinese Communist Party is enabling a division of cyberspace to create one that’s susceptible to surveillance and ideological influence.’
The report comes after concerns about Chinese and Russian cyber might were discussed in parliament as MPs passed a bill on Monday giving stronger powers to Australia’s cyber spies.
Senator Jim Molan, a former army major general, told the Senate no country had seen the full power of China or Russia’s cyber capability and Australia may only do so in the lead-up or during a war.
Australian Signals Directorate director general Rachel Noble said Australia had been beefing up its offensive cyber capabilities so other countries would think twice about the benefits of launching an attack.
Ms Noble said Australia’s intelligence capabilities allowed the directorate to ‘undertake offensive cyber operations like no one else can’ and its offensive capabilities would be able to shorten a war.
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute says countries without tough policies in place need to ‘err on the side of caution’ when dealing with China on cyber security (file image)
China’s leader Xi Jinping took aim at Australia’s nuclear subs ambition by stressing the need for the ASEAN region to be free of nuclear weapons
The warning comes after Chinese leader Xi Jinping took a swipe at Australia’s plan to acquire nuclear submarines.
The AUKUS security pact between Australia, the US and UK was announced in mid-September in a defence deal Mr Dutton described as ‘the most important since the Second World War’ in Question Time on Tuesday.
But in a speech to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday, China’s leader took aim at Australia’s nuclear subs ambition by stressing the need for the region to be free of nuclear weapons.
‘China supports ASEAN’s efforts to build a nuclear weapon-free zone, and is prepared to sign the Protocol to the Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone as early as possible,’ he said.