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DPP raises alert about technology threats from China

2019/07/03 20:51:00

DPP acting Chairman Ker Chien-ming

Taipei, July 3 (CNA) The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) warned Wednesday that Taiwan is facing a threat from China regarding technology, including theft of intellectual property and personal data, and security breaches in various sectors from agriculture, technology and commerce.

The party issued the alert at its weekly policymaking Central Standing Committee meeting after Chiang Ya-chi (江雅綺), an associate professor in intellectual property at the National Taipei University of Technology, delivered a report on technological attacks and theft there.

DPP acting Chairman Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) commented that as new technologies continue to be produced, they also bring to the world "asymmetric technological wars."

He was referring to the different types of technological penetration and threats from China, such as the spread of fake news or implanting of back-door software that allows theft of information related to the everyday lives of people in Taiwan, DPP spokesperson Lee Ming-li (李明俐) cited Ker as saying.

"The soundless and indistinguishable theft of information is penetrating people's daily lives," Ker was quoted as saying, therefore "it is essential to be vigilant and to keep checking."

Ker cited the example of China's alleged employment of hackers to steal crucial technology and intellectual property from the United States.

A Hoover Institution report in 2018 mentioned how China systematically stole key technological intellectual property and techniques from the U.S. during informal interaction and cooperation occasions, Ker said, describing such theft as one of the factors that triggered the current trade war between the two economic powers.

Taiwan is also facing the "red threat" in technology, under which the sectors of smart agriculture, commerce and technology face the risk of security breaches, Ker said, stressing that this threat must be blocked.

Saying that Taiwan's democracy must not be used for "red technology penetration," he said that both the government and people play a vital role in blocking the threat.

Ker said his party will formulate more defense policies against China's threats in technology for the reference of the government, following the completion of several law amendments related to national security over the past several months.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Elizabeth Hsu)
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