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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 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.

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.

In the Tech War with China, the U.S. Is Finding Friends

TIME - Tech

Whether the topic of the day is Chinese spy balloons or American AI breakthroughs, Washington and Beijing are increasingly seeing world events through the lens of a "tech war." This ever intensifying rivalry is usually framed as "America vs. China," but that misses a key point: America is not alone. America's greatest competitive advantage over China is not wealth or weapons, but the fact that America has a lot of close friends, and China has none. In fact, The only country that has signed a treaty to support China in the event of a war is North Korea, an impoverished pariah state that deliberately schedules nuclear tests and missile launches to embarrass China during high-profile diplomatic summits. Treaty or no, few would describe China and North Korea as friends.

How is China Planning to use Artificial Intelligence in Warfare?


China has prioritised Artificial Intelligence in its quest to become a powerful superpower under Xi Jinping. Beijing's interest in AI development and use stems from the fact that technology may be used for both civil and military objectives. As a result, while AI advances can benefit China's economy and healthcare, they can also help the People's Liberation Army (PLA) engage in "intelligent warfare", which PLA strategists define as "the implementation of artificial intelligence and its related technologies, such as cloud technology, data analytics, quantum information, and autonomous systems for military uses." AI and related technologies such as computer vision, human-machine teaming, neural connectivity, and autonomous systems also known as "intelligentized weapons", have been identified as critical to gaining an advantage in the next creation of warfare by China's military leaders and strategists. At the same time, they are concerned that other nations, particularly the United States, may surpass them in this area and develop the potential to overwhelm China's air defences and assault its command-and-control systems. As a result, China's central and provincial governments, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), all PLA branches, and the country's state- and privately-owned industries are all working together.

China calls on nuclear-armed nations to focus on AI, space

The Japan Times

Beijing is calling on the world's nuclear powers to expand discussions on global security to include emerging threats, following a rare multilateral pledge to temper the risks of nuclear war. Fu Cong, director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Arms Control Department, told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday that the so-called P5 nations -- China, France, Russia, the U.S. and U.K. -- should talk "more directly" about global security. "Strategic stability goes beyond nuclear," he said. "Our idea is to expand the subject of the P5 process so we could discuss not only the nuclear issues, but also other issues related to strategic stability, including outer space, missile defense, even AI and other emerging technologies." The briefing took place after the five nations -- all permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- issued a joint statement Monday pledging to dial back the risk of a nuclear conflict.

China deploys armed robotic vehicles during standoff with India to deal with cold, difficult terrain: reports

FOX News

Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin discusses a report alleging China is developing'brain control weapons' on'Fox Report.' Reports from India claim that China has started to deploy armed robotic vehicles to handle the altitude and terrain that has proven too difficult for its troops. China and India clashed in Sept. 2020 during a border dispute along the southern coast of Pangong Lake in an area known in China as Shenpaoshan and in India as Chushul, but the armies continued their standoff along the two nations' borders throughout 2021. China has now reportedly deployed unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) to the region of Tibet to strengthen its position. People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers march next to the entrance to the Forbidden City during the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on May 21, 2020.

China replaces soldiers with machinegun-carrying robots in Tibet


China is deploying machinegun-carrying robots to its western desert regions amid a standoff with India because troops are struggling with the high-altitude conditions, it has been claimed. Dozens of unmanned vehicles capable of carrying both weapons and supplies are being sent to Tibet, Indian media reports, with the majority deployed in border regions where Chinese troops are locked into a standoff with Indian soldiers. Vehicles include the Sharp Claw, which is mounted with a light machinegun and can be operated wirelessly, and the Mule-200, which is designed as an unmanned supply vehicle but can also be fitted with weapons. Beijing has sent 88 Sharp Claws to Tibet, which borders India high in the Himalayas, of which 38 are deployed to the border region, Times News Now has claimed. Some 120 Mule-200s have also been sent to Tibet, News Now reports, with a majority of them deployed to the border area.

China using AI tech to simulate war games for invasion operations against Taiwan: Report - ET CIO


People's Liberation Army of China has been using artificial intelligence technology to simulate war games for invasion operations against Taiwan, a report released by the Centre for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) at Georgetown University informed. The report, titled'Harnessed Lightning: How the Chinese Military is Adopting Artificial Intelligence', studies nearly 350 AI-related equipment contracts awarded by the PLA and state-owned defence enterprises last year to track China's adoption of the technology, Taiwan News reported. "Specifically, we find the PLA is buying AI systems designed to identify undersea vehicles, wargame Taiwan operations, track US navy ships, and deploy electronic countermeasures, among other tasks," CSET researcher Ryan Fedasiuk was quoted saying by Taiwan News. "We find that China's military-civil fusion development strategy is paying real dividends. Of the 273 AI equipment suppliers in our data set, 60 per cent are private companies. The overwhelming majority are quite small, established only in the last 10 years."

China Rapidly Developing Artificial Intelligence, Officials Warn


Officials at the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) warned on Friday that China's pursuit of artificial intelligence (AI) technology could have major implications for the future of the military and economic competition between the two nations. Among other topics, the warnings restated the U.S. warning against private companies in key areas allowing Chinese investment or expertise, urging them to take significant precautions in protecting their intellectual property. Under the Trump and Biden administrations, relations between Washington and Beijing have steadily become more acrimonious, with increasing consensus from America's national security agencies that China represents a strategic threat to the United States. Although Biden has made statements advising against the creation of a "new Cold War" with China, and advocated in favor of working together on mutual concerns such as climate change, relations have still remained tense--particularly since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, when the United States reproached China over for its failure to share certain information about the virus's origins. For its part, Beijing has accused Washington of acting in bad faith.