China’s Silent Warfare
By Bhaskar Roy
The recent discovery of Chinese cyber warfare attacks on foreign computers, on communication
computers of visiting dignitaries, and espionage activities to assist a friendly country is building
weapons of mass destruction (WMDI) has refocused international attention on the developing
spectrum of China’s military doctrine.
Espionage is a tool used by almost every country. Cyber warfare is not a tool of the Chinese only.
But there are limits to which trust between countries are violated with impunity, followed by denial,
something which is the hallmark of Chinese authorities. Entities of permanent members of the UN
Security Council, who continue WMD proliferation even today, must be condemned in no uncertain
Earlier this month (April 04), a U.S. District Court indicted a Chinese metals trading company on
118 counts for shipping prohibited and dual use metals and alloys to Iran, using US banks
fraudulently. The Chinese company, LIMMT Economic and Trade Company was sanctioned in
2006 by the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for providing material support for
Iran’s missile programme. In this case the LIMMT used eight shell or front companies to transact
finances for Iranian companies. Most of these banks have excellent filtering process to detect
commodities transacted, but in this case certain critical identification and descriptions of the
material were stripped, circumventing detection.
Among the material shipped by LIMMT to the Iranian Defence Industries Organization were 15,
000 kgs of an aluminum alloy used almost exclusively to make long range missiles. Other material
shipped could be used in the nuclear industry. The US court is also moving to extradite the LIMMT
manager, Li Fangwei from China for trial.
China backed, howsoever reluctantly, three UN Security Council sanctions against supply of certain
sensitive material to Iran.
The question is not whether Iran has the right to make long range missiles or not. It is that C