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A digital Cold War is brewing between the U.S. and China. Or is it a cyber-false flag operation on a grand scale? Either way according to Reuters, China s top military newspaper said on Thursday that they should boost its cyber-warfare strength so that they can counter a Pentagon push. This comes after a few weeks of governmental beef over the accusations that Beijing might have been behind a string of recent Internet hacks. The allegations against China have been focused on security violations of the networksof Lockheed Martin Corp and other U.S. military contractors. It is also alleged that there were deceptions aimed at gaining access to the Google e-mail accounts of U.S. officials and Chinese human rights activists. On the other hand, the official newspaper of the People's Liberation Army said that it was Beijing that was susceptible to attack. This was said in a news report that measured the Pentagon's efforts in cyber security. "The U.S. military is hastening to seize the commanding military heights on the Internet, and another Internet war is being pushed to a stormy peak," concluded the report in the Chinese-language Liberation Army Daily. Those are some very poetic accusations from the Chinese to say the least. There s also this: "Their actions remind us that to protect the nation's Internet security, we must accelerate Internet defense development and accelerate steps to make a strong Internet army," said the Liberation Army Daily article. The article was also published on the website
of China's Ministry of Defense. So our readers who read

Chinese can have fun with that. The report is not an official government

statement, but the military newspaper is edited in a way that reflects official thinking. So it does show that China is also concerned with issue of

our country has developed into an Internet great power, our Internet security defenses are still very weak. So we must accelerate development of Internet battle technology and armament," said the report. "Comprehensively improve our military's ability to defend
the Internet frontiers," it urged. As you probably already know, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said earlier this month that Washington was very concerned about cyber-attacks, and that they were prepared to use force against any hacking it thinks was an act of war. The Pentagon also came out and said that they are prepared to view cyber-attacks as an act of war. So is this a set up for a digital Cold War of sorts with China, or is the Pentagon going to use a cyber-attack as another reason to send troops into a foreign country?

Internet attacks and defending against them. "Although

Global Research, July 25, 2011 (National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 351
Washington, D.C., July 23, 2011 In 2005, U.S.

intelligence agencies monitoring Chinese research into highpower microwave (HPM) and electromagnetic pulse (EMP)radiation speculated that Beijing might be trying to develop a capability to incapacitate Taiwan electronically without triggering a U.S. nuclear retaliation, according to documents published in a major new National Security Archive collection. Image of the Fukushima Nucelar Power
Station from a 1974 Defense Intelligence Agency report (Document 7) In recent years, China s development of an assortment of conventional and nuclear weapons has regularly attracted the interest and concern of U.S. policy-makers, intelligence officials, and China watchers. So has

Beijing s interest in less conventional means of conflict, including cyber-warfare with

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