British Intelligence Highlights ‘Huge Threat’ From China’s Tech Dominance

The director of the British government’s communications headquarters is due to say during a speech that the Chinese authorities are trying to “profit” from their technologies.

The head of Britain’s GCHQ intelligence and security agency will warn Western countries on Tuesday to “great threat” from China seeking to use its technological dominance for surveillance purposes, calling on them to act urgently. Jeremy Fleming, director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHG), is due to say in a speech to defense experts that the Chinese authorities are trying to “profit from” of its technologies, such as its satellite systems and its virtual currencies. What it represents, according to him, “a great threat to all of us.”

Jeremy Fleming, head of the intelligence agency since 2017, must call on the UK and its allies to urgently respond to these threats, according to a statement from the agency published late Monday. “At GCHQ, it is our privilege as well as our duty to see the pivotal moments when history changes without our realizing it. It seems like one of those times.”should say.

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“Our advantage in our future technology strategy is based on what we decide to do now as a community. I am sure that together we can turn this moment in our favor.”, should emphasize Jeremy Fleming. His intervention comes at a time when China wants to launch its digital currency, the “digital yuan”raising the concern of specialists who believe that authoritarian regimes could use this technology for surveillance and control purposes.

Such a coin could “Allowing China to partially free itself from the kind of international sanctions currently in place against (President Vladimir) Putin’s regime in Russia”according to Jeremy Fleming. China also completed Beidou, its satellite navigation system, a competitor to the US GPS, in 2020. “Many believe that China is building a powerful anti-satellite capability, with the aim of preventing other nations from accessing space in the event of a conflict”according to Jeremy Fleming. “And there is a fear that the technology could be used to track people.“.

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