CHINA IS ahead in imbibing technology but India is catching up, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday, as he identified the neighbouring country’s capability to carry out cyber attacks as one of its biggest threats. He said India is focusing on cyber defence and working on offensive cyber capabilities as well to counter such threats.
“We have been a little slow on the start, therefore over the years a capability differential has come in,” said General Rawat while speaking at an event at the Vivekananda International Foundation. “China has been able to invest a lot of funds, allocated a lot of funds in ensuring that they imbibe technology. Therefore, they certainly have a lead over us… we are also evolving technologies to make sure we come on par with them.”
“Most important, where the biggest differential lies, is in the field of cyber,” he said. “China is capable of launching cyber attacks on us, and that can disrupt a large amount of our systems.”