(VoiceOfAmerica) Researchers say China’s improvements in quantum computing will help its armed forces, which are the world’s third strongest. Alexander Vuving is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific center for security studies in Hawaii. He said he thinks China spends a lot of money on research and development. He also said explained the Chinese government uses private, civilian companies to develop its military.
It is not known how far Chinese researchers have developed quantum computing. The U.S. defense department’s 2021 report to Congress on China says the Asian superpower continues to seek leadership in important technologies with possible military uses. The report added that China’s 14th Five-Year Plan, an economic plan, pushes quantum technology in many fields.
Chen Yi-fan is an assistant professor of diplomacy and international relations at Tamkang University in Taiwan. Chen said, “Taiwan, the United States or the European Union are all likely targets for China to launch quantum computing attacks as long as countries do not have robust quantum cryptography to defend.”
Carl Thayer is a retired professor of politics at the University of New South Wales in Australia. He said smaller countries could not compete with China’s quantum computing resources. He added that they would need engineers, technicians and money.