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By Darren Pauli
January 10th, 2011
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
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
Australian intelligence and defence agencies told the US that China was
building a military capability well above that needed to repel a move
for independence by Taiwan, and said it had become a risk to stability
in the region.
"China's longer-term agenda is to develop 'comprehensive national
power', including a strong military, that is in keeping with its view of
itself as a great power," the cables said.
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