US-China tech war: Xi Jinping doubles down on ‘technology security’ measures as part of nation’s five-year plan
- China’s ruling Communist Party wants to ratchet up tech security measures in line with national development efforts
- It stressed the importance of self-sufficiency in advanced technologies amid tensions between Beijing and Washington
This gathering reviewed and discussed the country’s five-year strategic plan for national security, but the full text of the scheme has not been made public.
Tech security forms part of China’s “holistic approach to national security”, an umbrella concept introduced in 2014 by Xi to highlight threats on ideological, economic, political and military fronts.
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Those situations echo the message of an opinion piece published by the state-run Science and Technology Daily in April. It said: “The work of technology security has never been as important as today, and achieving high-standard technology security has never been as urgent as today.”