China’s spies, India and the 2013 paper by NSA Ajit Doval that saw it coming – india news



Before he became National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ajit Doval as Director of VIF think-tank wrote a seminal paper published on July 3, 2013 titled “Chinese Intelligence: From a Party Outfit to Cyber Warriors.”

The paper highlights the Chinese intelligence agency Ministry of State Security’s (MSS) penetration into the Dalai Lama establishment in Dharamshala and supporting the anti-India North-East rebel groups with the assistance of Pakistani Inter Services and products Intelligence (ISI) when required, and keeping a near watch on Indian Army activities on the border with Tibet.

The paper concludes: “The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) over time, has upgraded its intelligence capabilities at tactical, technological and strategic levels, especially in Asia Pacific Region, South Asia and Central Asia. The MSS has evolved itself as the premier foreign intelligence agency and but even so diplomatic intelligence, it has been aggressively hunting for technological data and systems information to augment national economic and military capabilities. It continues to bank heavily on Chinese global diaspora that provides it a huge catchment area for human assets for intelligence gathering and espionage. To widen its catchment area, it is expanding its unlawful cover for intelligence gathering for the use of commercial companies and trade houses, media agencies, Chinese banks etc. Establishment of almost 380 Confucius Institutes in 180 countries, Chinese language institutes etc. also are a part of its foreign intelligence activities. China envisions for itself a big power role and, silently but ceaselessly, is building up its intelligence capabilities commensurate to that vision.”

While it is fairly evident from the monograph that both western world, Indo-Pacific and India knew approximately the penetration of Chinese intelligence, it was once woken up from deep slumber after the PLA troopers in a deliberate action aggressively transgressed into the north banks of Pangong Tso followed by Galwan and Gogra-Hot Springs area of East Ladakh.

This week, an investigative outline by The Australian spotlighted how loyal members of Communist Party of China infiltrated western consulates and mega corporations masquerading as professionals. The 2016 leak of the Communist Party member data-base also reveals, as per The Australian, that newspaper editors and intellectuals act as influencers of the largest Communist Party on the planet on social media and seminars.

Even if The Australian investigative outline does not talk approximately India, India’s lead intelligence agency did caution the Cabinet Secretary and senior secretaries to the threat posed by Chinese intelligence in the government, especially in departments of telecommunication, power and higher education on July 15. The Indian agency’s presentation gave a broad overview approximately Chinese intelligence infiltration attempts into the government and the key pillars of democracy. The usage of Chinese mobile applications for extracting data and the role of Confucius Institutes as an influencer together with embedding malware into power equipment was once also highlighted. It was once then made up our minds that the government review the Confucius Institutes in the country and memorandums of understandings with countries sharing land borders with India must first get approvals from the ministry of outside matters and the ministry concerned. The action, five months later, is still work in progress.

Ajit Doval, in his 2013 paper, wrote that in 2009, the University of Toronto’s Information Warfare Monitor Citizen published a “Ghost Net” outline detailing intrusion by Chinese hackers into the network system of Indian Security Establishment and offices of Dalai Lama’s secretariat. The outline was once expectedly rejected by Beijing.

Even supposing the Indian counterintelligence closely tracks Chinese activities, the discount of Pakistan to a client state of the Middle Kingdom would have serious security repercussions for the sub-continent as Islamabad could grow to be the most important source of intelligence collection against India and the sub-continent with linguistic and cultural similarities. The appointment of officials belonging Chinese United Front Work Branch, which reports directly to the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party, as ambassadors to the Indian sub-continent presents a bigger security challenge. These ambassadors are ideologically dedicated workers of the Chinese Communist Party versus Indian diplomats whose views on India and the world don’t seem to be dictated by the political party in power.

Provided the humongous financial resources with these embassies, Indian security agencies are already fighting a downhill battle against Beijing’s influence.

It is fairly evident that the two iron brothers will exploit all Indian fault-lines, correct from Kashmir, north-east insurgencies, Maoists to the economic disparity and non secular fundamentalism, to destabilise India.

It is to the credit of Chinese pelf and power, that although 1.6 million people have succumbed to coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan in November 2019, the international community finds it very tough to blame Beijing or demand reparations for the year missing.

With India standing up the PLA aggression in East Ladakh and demanding that the established order ante of April 2020 be restored, the Narendra Modi government must be battle-prepared for a dominant China.


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