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Critically analyse the nature of the cyber security threat from China being faced by India in the recent times.

Topic : GS-2: India and its neighborhood- relations. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

GS-3: basics of cyber security

3. Critically analyse the nature of the cyber security threat from China being faced by India in the recent times. (250 words)

Reference: Indian Express 

Why the question:

An elaborate operation by a Shenzen-based technology company with links to the government in Beijing and the Chinese Communist Party, to keep tabs on a very large number of individuals and entities in India has been in news recently.

Key Demand of the question:

Analyse critically the nature of the cyber security threat from China being faced by India in the recent times.

Directive:

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by explaining the background of the question.

Body:

The company, Zhenhua Data Information Technology Co. Limited, calls itself a pioneer in using big data for “hybrid warfare” and the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”. China’s authoritarian government, ruling party, military, and many private companies frequently operate as a giant, coordinated operation, of which countries around the world are targets.

Discuss the recent cyber powers that China has attained. Explain how they pose deeper threats on countries like India.

Conclusion:

Discuss what should India do, suggest ways and means of preparedness that India should be ready with.