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China Leader Heading Unit to Bolster Cybersecurity ; High-Level Working Group Shows Technology Is Key Strategic Issue for Beijing

Newspaper article International New York Times

China Leader Heading Unit to Bolster Cybersecurity ; High-Level Working Group Shows Technology Is Key Strategic Issue for Beijing

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President Xi Jinping is presiding over a new working group on cybersecurity to address one of the country's most pressing strategic concerns.

President Xi Jinping is presiding over a new working group on cybersecurity and information security, China has announced, a sign that the Communist Party views the issue as one of the country's most pressing strategic concerns.

The government said that Mr. Xi and two other senior leaders, Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Liu Yunshan, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, would help draft national strategies and develop major policies in a field that might include protecting national secrets and developing digital defenses, among other goals.

"Efforts should be made to build our country into a cyberpower," Mr. Xi said in a statement released after the first meeting of the group on Thursday, according to Xinhua, the state-run news agency.

The announcement comes as Mr. Xi is solidifying power, mounting a bold crackdown on corruption at the top of the Communist Party and pushing through overhauls aimed at strengthening and restructuring the country's economy.

In his first year in office, Mr. Xi, 60, seems determined to signal that he is firmly in control, amassing powers that some analysts say hark back to Deng Xiaoping's tenure as the country's supreme leader.

Late last year, Mr. Xi was named to head a leading working group on overall change and a state security committee that some experts say was inspired by the National Security Council, which advises American presidents. He has also presided over a government that has tightened control over the news media and Internet microblogs.

The high-profile group on cybersecurity and so-called informatization could be aimed at grappling with one of the thornier issues that emerged in Mr. Xi's first year in office: disputes with the United States over cyberattacks and debates over national security leaks. …

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