Chinese military eying AI to gain cyber, space dominance: think tank

Chinese military eying AI to gain cyber, space dominance: think tank

The Chinese military is aiming to utilize cutting-edge technologies like private sector-developed artificial intelligence to enhance its offensive capability in domains such as cyberspace and outer space, a Japanese Defense Ministry think tank warned Friday.

Beijing aspires to match the United States’ overall military capacity by transforming its People’s Liberation Army into a world-class fighting force with the help of advanced technologies, the National Institute for Defense Studies said in its annual report on China’s security strategy.

The report said that until the Chinese catch up with the American military, “the PLA will build up its interference and strike capabilities to prevent the United States’ military use of both the cyber and space domains.”

The China Security Report 2021 was released as the rivalry between Washington and Beijing has been intensifying, as has competition for technological hegemony.

The United States has restricted exports of semiconductors to Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese telecom giant that is aiming to expand its dominance of next-generation 5G technology.

The 5G technology will enable transmission of large amounts of data at extremely high speeds, allowing telecommunication devices to connect to numerous products and services, including those related to military affairs, over digital cellular networks.

China is ramping up its investments in private sector science and technology companies under the country’s strategy to fuse corporate and military advances through nationalization so that other countries cannot interfere, the report said.