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China is watching. And this time it’s not just peering over some ridgeline at one of the fronts at Line of Actual Control (LAC). From President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Singh Rawat to at least 15 former Chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force are among thousands of influential Indians being monitored in real-time by a Shenzhen-based tech company with links to the Chinese government.
Politicians account for the largest group of high-profile individuals being monitored. The range of targets is sweeping as the database includes at least 1,350 politicians and lawmakers across parties — BJP, Congress, Left and almost all regional outfits.
Those on the list also include the top brass of the country’s military and scientific establishment. At least 60 senior serving and retired officers of the military, including at least 14 former chiefs of the three services and scientists from the Atomic Energy Commission to Indian Space Research Organisation are among those being watched.
What kind of data has the Chinese firm collected on the targets, what does it mean when it says it’s engaged in hybrid warfare, what’s the cause for concern? We answer the key questions.
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