China’s $90bn ups cyberwar stakes

Last year, Northrup Grumman released a report warning that China had a mighty cyber arsenal which it could use in a possible future cyber conflict. News last week that Chinese defence spending could be double the public figure could mean that such claims are true, and perhaps even conservative.The news arose in diplomatic cables dating back to 2006 obtained from Wikileaks by Fairfax newspapers. Australian diplomats reported to the United States that the Australian Government believed China’s military budget was $90 billion, double the $45 billion publicly announced by Beijing.

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