CHINA, March 17 (Reuters) – China’s military chief has ordered his generals to use a new set of “rock-solid” military-grade chess pieces to help it cope with the effects of a cyber attack, as the country prepares for a huge annual gathering of the world’s top chess players.
The move comes as China is grappling with a growing number of attacks that have targeted major companies and government institutions, as well as governments and state media.
The moves by General Chang Zhengqian, the head of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Staff, are designed to be more resilient against such attacks, which have become more sophisticated in recent years.
They come as China prepares to host the largest ever international chess tournament in 2022, where some top players have expressed concern about the impact of the hacking attack on their preparations.
In a rare public appearance on Sunday, Chang, who took power in April, said the pieces will be made in China, and they will be “fantastic”.
“The rock-solid foundation for a strong army will be built from the most advanced military equipment in the military world,” he said.
Chang said he will soon give his assessment of the state of the country’s military hardware, which is already among the world-class.