London worries about the “enormous threat” of technology from China

He calls this: “a huge threat to us all”. Jeremy Fleming, Director of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHG), is due to state on Tuesday, October 11, in a speech to international defense experts, that the Chinese authorities are seeking to ” to profit from “ of their technologies, such as their satellite systems and their virtual currencies.

Mr. Fleming, who has headed the intelligence agency since 2017, must call on the United Kingdom and its allies to respond urgently to these threats, according to a statement from the agency released on Monday evening.

“At GCHQ, it is our privilege and also our duty to see the pivotal moments when history changes without our realizing it. It feels like one of those times.”he must say.

“Our advantage in our future technology strategy is based on what we decide to do now as a community. I’m confident that together we can turn this moment to our advantage.”will underline Mr. Fleming.

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New digital currency

His intervention comes at a time when China wants to launch its digital currency, the “digital yuan”, arousing concern among specialists who believe that authoritarian regimes could use this technology for surveillance and control purposes. Such a currency could “to allow China to partially free itself from the kind of international sanctions currently in place against the regime of the [président Vladimir] Putin in Russia »according to Mr. Fleming.

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China also finalized, in 2020, Beidou, its satellite navigation system, a competitor to the American GPS. “Many believe that China is building a powerful anti-satellite capability, with the goal of preventing other nations from accessing space in the event of a conflict”according to Mr. Fleming. “And there are fears that the technology could be used to track individuals”.

The World with AFP


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