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Dean Cheng on China and the Power of Information
January 28, 2020

“China’s view of the world differs from that held by Western democracies and their rule of law.” Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and an expert in China’s military and foreign policy, was in Austria this week at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy for a series of program events in Vienna and Linz.

Mr. Cheng talked about China’s efforts to dominate the information age, which mirrors the Chinese world-view that national power no longer comes with industry but with the ability to generate and exploit information. In his presentations, Mr. Cheng discussed China’s approach to intellectual property protection, and pointed out the implications involved in using Chinese 5G technology. In Vienna, Mr. Cheng participated in a panel on these topics at the Amerika Haus, together with Helmut Leopold, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology; Anna Giulia Fink, The Standard; and Christoph Mecklenbräuker, from the Vienna University of Technology. In an interview with Austrian daily Der Standard, he emphasized: “Virtually every Western intelligence service views Huawei as a security threat.”