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21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare by William Hagestad II

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CHAPTER 9: THE CHINESE IW ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

To set the stage for an understanding of China’s intelligence organizational structure (particularly within the People’s Liberation Army), and the ability to conduct espionage and cyberespionage, a snapshot of the PLA’s state-ordered budget is necessary.

In 2011, China’s defense budget grew 12.7 per cent to $91.5 billion, the largest in the world after the US. The importance of this increased Chinese military spend has certainly not been lost on the many nation-states who felt their information networks probed – allegedly by IP addresses associated with the People’s Republic of China.

The PLA’s capacity to increase its weapons platforms comes directly from the Chinese Government’s coffers; if ...

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