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CIRA Report: Cloud Computing in China

By March 22, 2014April 29th, 2023No Comments

On March 22, 2014, the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) published a commissioned CIRA report on China’s cloud computing industry. In recent years, the Chinese government has prioritized the development of cloud computing technology with the twin goals of expanding Chinese military and civilian access to cloud computing information technology resources and creating an internationally competitive Chinese cloud computing service industry. As part of a larger development strategy for advancing Chinese software and information technology services, the Chinese government plans to make more than one billion dollars (USD) available over the next few years to drive cloud computing development. China’s plans in this area have the potential to materially impact US economic and security interests. The emergence of China-based cloud computing services and solutions may raise significant concerns for US consumers, particularly if their data is being stored or processed using infrastructure located within Mainland China. Chinese progress in cloud computing is also important due to the Chinese military’s demonstrated interest in developing and procuring advanced cloud computing technologies.

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