It has been claimed by a US military report that the Chinese Government is developing an information warfare division for use in possible future conflicts.

The military power of the People’s Republic of China 2007 report intimates that the Chinese government is forming a group to deal with ‘electronic and online arenas’.

“People’s Liberation Army authors often cite the need in modern warfare to control information, sometimes termed an ‘information blockade’,” says the report. “China is pursuing this ability by improving information and operational security, developing electronic warfare and information warfare capabilities, and denial and deception.

“China’s concept of an ‘information blockade’ likely extends beyond the strictly military realm to include other elements of state power.”