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China is not the cyber superpower that many people think

Critical weaknesses put Beijing well behind the US

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Chinese soldiers browse online news: China's strategy is lagging, and its cyber defenses are weak.   © Imaginechina/AP

Greg Austin is senior fellow for cyber, space and future conflict at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is based in Singapore.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato recently warned that cyberattacks should be expected during the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, due to start on July 23. Yet Japan's defenses in this sphere remain somewhat immature, creating cause for concern given escalating threats and reports about shifting power balances, both in cyberspace and more broadly.

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