Chinese cyber capabilities and espionage: 5G, Huawei and foreign interference

The 20th of May, the Stockholm Free World Forum, arranged a seminar on Chinese cyber capabilities with Tom Uren and Danielle Cave, both from the Australia Strategic Policy Institute. The seminar was moderated by SFWF’s acting director Dr. Oscar Jonsson.

With the roll-out of the fifth generation of mobile telecommunications (5G), Chinese Huawei is set to gain a leading position in the global market for 5G and may install these networks across the globe, despite concerns that these instalments enable espionage. Liberal democracies have taken different approaches to Huawei. While Australia has imposed an all-out ban on the telecoms giant, the EU has so far put forward relatively permissive guidelines and will conduct a security review this year.

The seminar is on YouTube.


Tom Uren is a Senior Analyst in Australia Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre. Tom was previously employed in the Dept of Defence and has diverse expertise across internet and cyber issues. He has published and researched international and domestic cyber issues including Australia’s Offensive Cyber capability, the insecurity of the internet of things, and Chinese commercial espionage.


Danielle Cave is the Deputy Head of Australia Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre. She has published and led projects on a range of issues focusing on how cyberspace and digital technologies impacts Australia’s place in the world. She is also a PhD scholar at ANU and in 2016 was a Google Policy Fellow attached to the Harvard University incubated Digital Asia Hub in Hong Kong.