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China 'Serious' About Becoming the Next 'Cyber-Superpower'

© Flickr / PressReleaseFinder FollowThe Chinese government intends to turn their country into a cyber-superpower in the finest sense of this word, according to Jewish expert Izhar Shay
The Chinese government intends to turn their country into a cyber-superpower in the finest sense of this word, according to Jewish expert Izhar Shay - Sputnik International
It seems that the Chinese government intends to turn their country into a 'cyber-superpower' to stave off lagging growth, according to Jewish expert Izhar Shay.

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Beijing has announced a long-term program to turn China into one of the world's leading high-tech centers; the decision can be seen as the Chinese government's attempt to make their country a "global cyber superpower," Jewish expert Izhar Shay wrote an article which was published by the Israeli newspaper Globes.

Importantly, the plan was made public against the background of the government' efforts to save China from an ongoing economic downturn and restore the rapid economic growth it experienced before, Shay said.

He added that China wants to take part in the adoption of international laws and regulations with respect to the transmission of information via the Internet, control over the content of Web sites and protection against cyber-attacks.

He quoted Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang as saying in parliament that in the next five years, the country's government will allocate 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product annually toward research and development.

In this vein, the question arises what the Chinese government wants to achieve by earmarking such hefty sums for investment, Shay said, referring to the Chinese PM, who described the use of the Internet as a basis for stimulating economic growth.

He explained that the introduction of innovative information technology will increase the efficiency of all those sectors of the Chinese economy which are currently in need of modernization.

Keqiang also spoke of the ability to collect vast amounts of information and use it for promoting the economy in the modern world. He also stressed the need to introduce new technology to medicine and education.

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Within the framework of the program, Beijing plans to tighten control over the Internet, introduce relevant control mechanisms, and promote an "international, democratic and transparent system for internet supervision," something that Shay said may cause concern among the global community and businessmen.

Concern or not, it is clear that nobody can turn a blind eye to China's plans to become a technological superpower, which Shay said may happen much sooner than we expect.

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