The MIVD calls the activities of China and also of Russia alarming. China is gaining more and more political, economic and military influence. "The threat to defense is to steal technological know-how and technology that can be used both militarily and in civil society."
With the development of a rocket launched from the ground with a range of more than 500 kilometers, Russia violated the so-called INF treaty, says MIVD. The Kremlin has suspended a treaty banning conventional and nuclear rockets and cruise missiles ranging 500 to 5500 kilometers in February, a day after US President Trump did the same.
The MIVD not only detects a threat from the Russian and Chinese side. Iran, Syria, Pakistan and North Korea are also looking in Western countries for the knowledge and assets that countries want to use for weapons programs.
Intelligence services are usually extremely closed in providing information, but MIVD made an exception last year by announcing that Russia attempted to hack into the OPCW in The Hague. Such an operation in the organization against the spread of chemical weapons could then be disrupted.
According to the MIVD, openness was necessary to increase society's resilience. "Less ingenuity means more alertness to possible unwanted influence," says MIVD director Major General Onno Eichelsheim.
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