‘Risk of Chinese miscalculation by hubris is real’

MI6 Chief Richard Moore speaks at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, where he said British intelligence should open up to cooperation with the global tech sector if they have the rising cyber threats from hostile states, criminals and terrorists.

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Richard Moore, the chef of British secret intelligence agency MI6, is concerned that China could make a “miscalculation” through hubris in its own global status.

“The tectonic plates shift as die from China” power and his willingness to claim it is growing,” Moore said Tuesday in to be first public speech since he took over as the head of the spy agency last October. The speech was given at Arundel House in London as part of An event organized by the International Institute for Think Tank Strategic Studies.

Beijing believes its own propaganda over western weaknesses and underestimated die from Washington” resolve” added Moor, who joined the spy agency 34 years ago. “The risk of Chinese miscalculation by hubris is real.”

The Chinese Embassy in London did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment on Moore’s speech.

Tensions between the West and China have escalated in in recent years, as Beijing and Washington world different.

“There are many areas in which our country must commit with Beijing including: trade and investment, cultural ties and the transnational challenges of climate change and biodiversity,” Moore said.

“But the fact remains that China is an authoritarian state with different values ​​and this is reflected in the threats die we see going from the Chinese state.”

Headquarters on the banks of the river Thames in Vauxhall, London, MI6 is recruiting and runs clandestine agents in other countries in to provide for the British government with secret information. It bureau, that’s the equivalent of the CIA in the US, has been made world-famous thanks to the fictional James Bond series, who plays an MI6 agent met the code name 007.

China’s own intelligence agencies are “very capable,” Moore said, adding that they are continuing on a large scale espionage activities against the UK and its allies, often targeting those die to work in government of on research of particular importance to the Chinese state.

“Chinese intelligence officers try to exploit the openness” nature of our society, including via the use of social media platforms,” ​​Moore said.

AN view of the MI6 headquarters in London, England.

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There is a risk Which global stability and peace could be disrupted if China decides to use force until resolve the Taiwan issueMoore said. China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province, while Taiwan sees itself as breakaway from China, which has ruled itself since the split from the mainland in 1949 after a protracted civil war.

“The leadership of the Chinese Communist Party increasingly prefers bold and decisive action die is justified” on national security reasons,” said Moore of [former Chinese leader] Deng Xiaoping ‘hide your strength, bid your time’ are long over.”

Beijing has drawn international condemnation for to be “extensive program of repression” against members of the ethnic Uyghur Muslim minority group. This includes forced labour, the mass incarceration of over a million people in “re-education camps” and the alleged sterilization of Uyghur women, as reported by the news media and the United States Department of State. Beijing denies violating the human rights of Uyghurs.

Moore said, “disturbingly, these… technologies of control and supervision become in increasingly exported by China to other governments, causing the web of authoritarian control over the whole planet,” without working out on where exactly they are exported.

Russia and Iran

By with Russia, Iran and international terrorism, China is one of MI6’s “Big Four” threats, Moore said. MI6 must hire more technical experts and work closer with partners to combat the threat from state and non-state actors, added.

Former spy James Griffiths, a telephone operator who provided that cyber offensive opportunities to the UK government’s Ministry of Defense and GCHQ, said: in shared a statement with CNBC die MI6 needs work with tech businesses.

“This is the first time when MI6 publicly says that we… need to improve and grow these relationships to ensure that it remains resilient,” said Griffiths, co-founder of Cyber ​​Security Associates, which provides cyber advisory and cyber managed services to businesses.

“Technology can help in many ways to automate some of the tasks That’s what intelligence officers do,” Griffiths said of automated big data and analytics to find the needle in a haystack (the potential threat to the UK from a attack) of it can be used to increase the capacities die officers have to enlarge available for them when they are deployed in foreign countries.”

The world is alive in a “highly contested era” in which nation states? compete across virtual and physical domains, Moore added.

“We live in An world transformed by digital connectivity and stand on the custard of revolutionary progress in technology, which will affect the way in die we live and work in manners die we can’t fully foresee,” Moore said, adding that progress in artificial intelligence, quantum engineering and technical biology will lead too dramatic changes.

“The digital attacks come to light die trying to exploit criminals, terrorists and hostile states against us growing exponentially,” Moore said.

“According to some reviews, we can experience more technological progress in the next 10 years then in the last century, with a disruptive impact similar to the industrial revolution. As a society, we have yet to fully internalize this grim fact and its potential impact on global geopolitical, but it’s a white hot focus for MI6.”

— Christina Wilkie of CNBC contributed to this article.

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