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China ramps up cyber security measures

Government to strengthen protection systems, speed up domestic software projects

China ramps up cyber security measures
Beijing is at odds with Washington over the issue of Internet security.

China's military will address concerns surrounding weak technology infrastructure by escalating domestic software production and strengthening cyber security measures, Reuters reported, citing state media.

"Information security must be considered an underlying project in military battle preparedness," the People's Liberation Army Daily said.

"We will strongly advance the domestic and independent building of programmes, and strengthen the foundations of our information security."

President Xi Jinping, commander-in-chief of China's armed forces and chair of a government Internet security committee, has, since his appointment in March last year, pursued tighter protection for the country's technology infrastructure.

Beijing and Washington have been locked in a war of words over Internet security for several years, but their row escalated following NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden's revelations about US surveillance programmes. A further escalation occurred earlier this year, when US prosecutors issued in absentia indictments against five Chinese military officers for cyber-crimes.

China continues to accuse the US of aggressive cyber activities. Chinese authorities have launched a number of investigations into US technology firms since the indictments, and banned the use of Microsoft Windows 8 on government computers.

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