A J-31 stealth fighter has its test flight ahead of the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, Nov. 10, 2014. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)
China is taking a page from the Pentagon's playbook under the Obama administration: it's partnering with tech companies to develop more cutting-edge weapons.
But China's innovation-focused strategy could elevate the espionage risk to the U.S.
Ironically, this new threat emerges as the Trump administration is expected to slow its outreach to the tech firms.
Over the weekend, Chinese President Xi Jinping made an address to the country's national legislature where he urged the People's Liberation Army "to speed up" the application of advanced technologies, according to the Chinese military's official web portal. Jinping sees "integrated military and civilian development" as one of the drivers of science-tech innovation and key to upgrading China's military capabilities.
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WNU Editor: I suspect that the Chinese have been doing this form of spying/espionage for a very long time, and they do need to be pressured by their central government to re-double their efforts.