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Winning without fighting? Why China is exploring 'cognitive warfare'

The Japan Times

With the U.S. and its allies rapidly bolstering military capabilities around Taiwan, a successful Chinese invasion, let alone an occupation, of the self-ruled island is becoming an increasingly difficult proposition. But with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) increasingly focused on "intelligent warfare" -- a reference to artificial intelligence-enabled military systems and operational concepts -- experts warn that Beijing could eventually have a new card up its sleeve: "cognitive warfare." The term refers to operations based on techniques and technologies such as AI aimed at influencing the minds of one's adversaries and shaping their decisions, thereby creating a strategically favorable environment or subduing them without a fight. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add and to your list of allowed sites.

China could use AI deepfake technology to disrupt 2024 election, GOP senator warns

FOX News

Senator Pete Ricketts of Nebraska told Fox News Digital on Thursday that he's concerned about China's use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) after a report claimed pro-Chinese groups were spreading CCP propaganda using AI-generated news anchors. EXCLUSIVE: China's expansive artificial intelligence (AI) operations could play a concerning role in the 2024 election cycle, Sen. Pete Ricketts warned on Thursday. "There's absolutely a possibility that they could do that for the 2024 election, and that's what we have to be on guard [for]," Ricketts told Fox News Digital in an interview in his Senate office. During a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing earlier this month, Ricketts referenced China and its use of AI technology to create "deepfakes," which are fabricated videos and images that can look and sound like real people and events. A report released earlier this year by a U.S.-based research firm claimed a "pro-Chinese spam operation" was using AI deepfakes technology to create videos of fake news anchors reciting Beijing's propaganda.

China threatens retaliation after EU weighs sanctions for Beijing's military aid to Russia

FOX News

China on Tuesday said it would react "strictly and strongly" should the European Union slap sanctions on Chinese companies accused of selling equipment for Russia to use in its ongoing war against Ukraine. Foreign Minister Qin Gang said China would "take the necessary response to firmly protect the legitimate interests of Chinese companies." German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang address the media during a press conference on May 9, 2023, in Berlin, Germany. Following talks in Berlin with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Qin said Chinese and Russian companies enjoy "normal exchanges and cooperation" which "should not be affected." As first reported Sunday by The Financial Times, the EU has proposed sanctions on Chinese companies accused of selling equipment that could be used in weapons to support Russia's war machine.

China could unleash AI-guided weapons in Taiwan invasion and 'reunification': report

FOX News

Tom Newhouse, vice president of Convergence Media, discusses the potential impact of artificial intelligence on elections after an RNC AI ad garnered attention. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China has tested an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered laser-guided artillery shell that has far exceeded the capabilities of any similar operational round. "Artificial intelligence is evolving quickly," Professor Wang Jiang, the project's lead from the Beijing Institute of Technology, wrote. "More researchers are applying the technology to trajectory planning problems." Initial tests have shown a new mortar deployed using this technology has achieved precision within centimeters of its target – a feat that developers have hailed while acknowledging the shorter distance and lower speeds that mortars require.

China using tech to 'oppress its own people,' warns lawmaker looking to restrict AI exports

FOX News

Former Director of National Intelligence joins'Life, Liberty & Levin' to discuss the Biden administration's foreign policy approach China is using high-end technology to oppress its own citizens and even erase its own history, which is why the U.S. needs to put tough restrictions on the export of artificial intelligence and other technology to Beijing, according to a lawmaker who has a bill designed to do just that. Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., told Fox News Digital that China has managed to use technology to erase national awareness of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, when hundreds and possibly thousands were killed and many more injured. "Despite the historical importance of Tiananmen Square, most people in China do not even know the massacre occurred," Green said. "This is because the CCP scrubbed these events from its heavily censored internet and has kept it out of books and out of school. Using its advanced technology, the CCP has erased its own history."

China says chatbots must toe the party line

The Japan Times

Five months after ChatGPT set off an investment frenzy over artificial intelligence, Beijing is moving to rein in China's chatbots, a show of the government's resolve to keep tight regulatory control over technology that could define an era. The Cyberspace Administration of China this month unveiled draft rules for so-called generative AI -- the software systems, like the one behind ChatGPT, that can formulate text and pictures in response to a user's questions and prompts. According to the regulations, companies must heed the Chinese Communist Party's strict censorship rules, just as websites and apps have to avoid publishing material that besmirches China's leaders or rehashes forbidden history. The content of AI systems will need to reflect "socialist core values" and avoid information that undermines "state power" or national unity. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

The next arms race: China leverages AI for edge in future wars

The Japan Times

The U.S. has enjoyed superiority in military technology since the end of the Cold War. But this edge is being rapidly eroded by its main rival, China, which seems determined to become a global leader in technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) that could potentially revolutionize warfare. As Beijing focuses on a defense strategy for what it calls the "new era," the aim is to integrate these innovations into the People's Liberation Army, creating a "world-class" force that offsets U.S. conventional military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific and tilts the balance of power. How important AI has become for China's national security and military ambitions was highlighted by President Xi Jinping during the 20th Party Congress last October, where he emphasized Beijing's commitment to AI development and "intelligent warfare" -- a reference to AI-enabled military systems. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

US ignored own security warnings to ground Chinese drones

Al Jazeera

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Taipei, Taiwan – A United States government agency grounded its drone fleet over concerns China could use the unmanned aircraft for spying despite internal warnings that a ban would in fact increase security risks, documents obtained by Al Jazeera reveal. The US Department of Interior (DOI) also disregarded warnings the ban could hamper efforts to fight wildfires, months before officials reported the restrictions were making fire-fighting more difficult and dangerous, the documents show. The DOI, which manages public lands and resources in the US, ordered the temporary grounding of drones made in China or containing Chinese parts in October 2019 amid deep suspicion of Chinese technology within the administration of former US President Donald Trump. Then-Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt formalised the ban in January 2020 with an open-ended order grounding the DOI's entire 810-strong fleet of unmanned aircraft systems (UAVs) – whose uses include responding to natural disasters, geological surveys and wildlife population monitoring – until "cybersecurity, technology and domestic production concerns are adequately addressed". The order, which followed years of warnings that drones made by firms such as Shenzhen-based DJI could be secretly sending data to Beijing, included exceptions for emergency uses, such as fighting wildfires and search-and-rescue missions.

NATO to seek engagement with China over 'responsible use' of military AI

The Japan Times

NATO wants to strike a deal with China over rules outlining the responsible use of artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies in the military domain, the alliance's chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday. The organization is pushing to develop shared universal standards for new technologies, following up on an AI strategy agreed among the alliance's members that outlines principles for responsible use. "The next step would be to engage with China, both on these values and principles but also to perhaps agree on some rules of the road for responsible use," Stoltenberg told a NATO conference on arms control and disarmament, by video link. He added that his staff was in regular contact with their counterparts in capitals including Beijing. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Factbox: Governments' efforts to regulate AI tools


April 12 (Reuters) - Italy's data protection agency said on Wednesday it would lift its temporary ban on OpenAI's ChatGPT artificial intelligence (AI) technology if the U.S. company complied with data protection and privacy demands by end-April. Rapid advances in AI such as Microsoft-backed OpenAI's ChatGPT are complicating governments' efforts to agree on laws governing the use of the technology. The government requested advice on how to respond to AI from Australia's main science advisory body and is considering next steps, a spokesperson for the industry and science minister said on April 12. Britain said in March it plans to split responsibility for governing AI between its regulators for human rights, health and safety, and competition, rather than creating a new body. China's cyberspace regulator on April 11 unveiled draft measures to manage generative AI services, saying it wants firms to submit security assessments to authorities before they launch offerings to the public. China's capital Beijing will support leading enterprises in building AI models that can challenge ChatGPT, its economy and information technology bureau said in February.