Homeland Security challenges in Asia
Whilst HLS threats are widely perceived as related to the Western world, it has been the countries spread across Asia, including the largest thereof (namely – China, India and Indonesia) who have raised the bar in combatting these threats, in order to respond to the growing number of terror-related threats and internal unrest. Such actions include introduction of large budgets, globally unprecedented, adoption of long-term plans and government support for HLS development, activities and legislation.
Accordingly China, recognizing the vital importance of innovative technology in its HLS, implemented significant change, most recently by establishing the National Security Council (NSC) - headed by President Xi Jinping, to spearhead HLS, by joining forces with the Public Security Bureau to combat internal threats and unrest – including new cybersecurity challenges, and the growing domestic unrest in China's Tibet and Zinjang regions.
The key decision-makers in China have acknowledged the need to source know-how, experience, and particularly technologies from countries possessing long-time experience, knowhow and added value to face the challenges that China now faces. Therefore, the strategic decision has been made to encourage the introduction and innovation of foreign products and services to its multi-branched and budgeted authorities and forces.