Thursday 29th of October 2020

the furphies about china spying on the west via huawei...


Gus gets information from the experts at the coal face. Here, they are the little clever guys who specialise in making algorithms for the big guys. No matter what when or who, they know who you are, where you are and what you are saying, NO MATTER THE TECHNOLOGY of the network. The algorithms are THAT sophisticated. Transmissions can easily be captured and decoded.


The banning of Huawei in the US and in most of the Western world is a COMMERCIAL and political decision, in which the US, leading the charge, want to punish China for being clever and cheap.




The rest is BS, especially when:


The Trump administration blacklisted Huawei last year, citing the threat of Beijing using Huawei for surveillance and espionage. Trump and other senior US officials have repeatedly pressured their allies in Europe, including the UK and Germany, to take action against Huawei.

Both Huawei and China have denied all allegations of using the company's capabilities for spying. A spokesperson for Huawei blasted the ban, arguing that purging its gear out of UK's 5G network will only slow down the nation's digital development and increase bills for British consumers.

"All sorts of people can try to claim credit for the decision, but this was based on a technical assessment by the National Cyber Security Centre about how we could have the highest-quality 5G systems in the future."


Note that UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock who has refused to back US President Donald Trump's claim that he played a pivotal role in pushing Britain to ban Huawei from its 5G network, does not mention "spying"... 


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huawei's future in Britain...

United States sanctions will not have an immediate impact on Huawei's operations in the United Kingdom, a top executive from the Chinese telecommunications company has said.

Huawei's vice-president, Victor Zhang, said any disruption to the company's supply chain brought on by US export restrictions will take months to materialize. He said Huawei can meet the near-term demands of British customers through existing stockpiles.

Zhang also urged the UK government not to make swift determinations about Huawei's future in Britain.

Earlier this year Prime Minister, Boris Johnson ignored US calls for a full boycott of Huawei and said the company could continue to operate in the UK, but in a restricted capacity.

But recent US sanctions on Huawei have prompted London to review that decision over fears the company will not be able to source some parts from US suppliers.

"We urge a cautious and evidence-based approach to this critical long-term decision," Zhang said during a media call. "The fact is it is too early to assess the long-term impact, and too premature to make a considered judgement on our ability to deliver next generation connectivity across the UK."

Johnson's earlier determination followed a long period of sustained pressure from Washington to ban Huawei from participating in 5G network infrastructure. The US said Huawei posed a cybersecurity threat, though it has provided no evidence to support the claims.

Washington has also enforced a series of trade restrictions intended to weaken Huawei's position as a global leader in 5G technology, the latest of which was announced in May. The sanctions, which go into effect in September, stipulate that foreign manufacturers that use US hardware must obtain a license before supplying Huawei.

The export controls effectively cut off Huawei's access to semiconductors made with US equipment.


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washington, UK, or london, USA?...

In a dramatic U-turn, the British government is scrapping Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s involvement in modernizing its internet infrastructure. And the Trump White House is crowing with glee.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hailed London’s decision as “protecting free-world values”. What values might they be? Bullying, intimidation, subservience, empire-building?

The Trump administration has been piling pressure on the British to back away from earlier plans to partner with Huawei for developing its 5G wireless network. American sanctions and a media campaign vilifying Chinese technology as a national security threat seems to have won the day.

Boris Johnson’s government overturned its previous decision in January to partner with Huawei. British telecom operators have now been ordered to stop using Huawei’s technology and to rip out existing 5G equipment over a seven-year period.

The British government admits that this reversal will result in delays for modernizing the country’s telecoms services – seen as vital for economic development – and will add huge costs of up to £2 billion ($2.5 bn) for eventual replacement. Something which taxpayers and consumers will no doubt have to pay for.

So much for the much-vaunted Anglo-American “special relationship”. It’s special alright. Uncle Sam calls the shots – and Britain shoots itself in the foot.

It should be obvious that the whole debacle has nothing to do with alleged “national security concerns” and everything to do with Washington strong-arming for commercial and strategic advantage.

Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker, is supplanting American technology across the world. And Washington is endeavouring to blacklist the company in order to give its own firms a competitive advantage. The Trump administration has accused Huawei – without evidence – of offering a backdoor to the “Chinese Communist Party” for global surveillance.

It takes a lot of brass neck for the Americans to punt that particular line given the actual global spying that its tech giants have enabled the US-based National Security Agency to conduct, as revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The battle over technology and commerce is only part of the bigger strategic struggle which Washington views as vital to sustaining its presumed global power. American capitalism and power view the world as a zero-sum contest. All perceived competitors must be vanquished or controlled so that American power can prevail as an all-dominant entity.

To that end, Washington must necessarily portray the world in polarizing Cold War terms of “us against them”, or of so-called “allies against enemies”.

As Chinese and Russian diplomats have repeatedly pointed out, Washington seems incapable of shedding its Cold War ideology of “containment” and “great power rivalry”. For American capitalism, the idea of mutual partnership and cooperation is simply and utterly anathema.

The fight with China over the telecoms industry is just one front among many others in America’s wider strategic conflict against Beijing.

Washington needs to kill the competition with draconian interventions, either with propaganda, sanctions or arm-twisting. Because the bigger picture is about subjugating others to accept Washington’s political, economic and military diktat.

China and Russia are not amenable about that designated subordinate role desired by Washington. Hence the Cold War revival and indeed intensification. Ultimately, war is the potential endpoint.

In classic zero-sum mode, Washington is demanding that its ostensible allies in Europe must shun Chinese telecoms and Chinese commerce in general. The same applies to trade with Russia as exemplified by America’s bullying over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

It is no coincidence that as Britain was set to announce its “decision” (that is, Washington’s decision) on Huawei, Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien was lobbying other European governments to likewise ditch plans to partner with the Chinese firm for 5G development.

Germany, France, Spain and Sweden, among other EU members, appear to be moving ahead with their Huawei partnership plans. They have so far rebuffed Washington’s alleged fears over national security.

Not so Britain and other members of the US-led Five Eyes nations: Australia, New Zealand and Canada. They, not surprisingly, appear to have swallowed the “national security” propaganda and anti-China bigotry with gusto.

Indeed so subservient is Britain to Washington, the government in London seems willing to damage its own economy and the wellbeing of its own people in order to suck up a little favour from Uncle Sam.

The “free world”? Yeah, freedom to be a vassal.



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undeclared affiliation with China's military...

The US has charged four Chinese nationals with visa fraud for allegedly lying about their membership of China's armed forces.

Three are under arrest while the FBI is seeking to arrest the fourth, who is said to be in China's San Francisco consulate.

FBI agents have also interviewed people in 25 US cities who have an "undeclared affiliation" with China's military.

Prosecutors say it is part of a Chinese plan to send army scientists to the US.

Members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) applied for research visas while hiding their "true affiliation" with the military, US justice department attorney John C Demers said in a press release.

"This is another part of the Chinese Communist Party's plan to take advantage of our open society and exploit academic institutions."

The arrests come after the US announced a Chinese scientist had taken shelter in the San Francisco consulate, and the day after US officials ordered the closure of China's mission in Houston, saying it was involved in stealing intellectual property.



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The trick isn't new... In the 1950s, the French sent students from their engineering schools to "obtain" the practical secrets of making an atom bomb, in the UK and the US... But the students did not know, until they got back together under the auspices of the SDECE (French spy network at the time) and made to work on the gizmo. Soon the General de Gaulle had his "Force de Frappe"... At this stage we have no proof the Chinese scientists are spying for the Chinese army... There has been a lot of generous cooperation between scientists of the US and China to solve some of the problems of the planet... Chinese universities are open to Western scientists and students — and many have joined the offer. 



See also: lego killing machines...

why not huawei? the pentagon...

The "Stop 5G" demonstration on 12 September in Rome rightly focuses on the possible consequences of electromagnetic emissions for health and the environment, in particular on the decree that prevents mayors from regulating the installation of 5G antennas in the municipal area.

However, a fundamental aspect of this technology continues to be ignored: its military use.

We have already talked about it [1], but with poor results.

Subsequent programs launched by the Pentagon, officially documented, confirm what we wrote nine months ago.

The "5G Strategy", approved on May 2, 2020 (pdf here), establishes that "the Department of Defense must develop and employ new operational concepts that use the ubiquitous connectivity offered by 5G to increase effectiveness, resilience, speed and lethality of our armed forces ».

The Pentagon is already experimenting with military applications of this technology in five air, naval and land force bases: Hill (Utah), Nellis (Nevada), San Diego (California), Albany (Georgia), Lewis-McChord (Washington).

This was confirmed in a press conference on June 3 by Dr. Joseph Evans, technical director for 5G at the Department of Defense. He then announced that military applications of 5G will soon be tested in seven other bases: Norfolk (Virginia), Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Hawaii), San Antonio (Texas), Fort Irwin (California), Fort Hood (Texas), Camp Pendleton (California), Tinker (Oklahoma).

Experts predict that 5G will play a decisive role in the development of hypersonic weapons, including nuclear warheads: to guide them on variable trajectories, escaping interceptor missiles, huge amounts of data must be collected, processed and transmitted very quickly. The same is necessary to activate the defenses in the event of an attack with such weapons, relying on automatic systems.

The new technology will also play a key role in the battle network, being able to connect millions of two-way radio devices in a limited area. 5G will also be extremely important for secret services and special forces: it will make possible much more effective espionage systems and increase the lethality of drone-killers.

These and other military applications of this technology are certainly being studied in China and other countries as well.

This is confirmed by the strategic document of the Pentagon: "5G technologies represent crucial strategic capabilities for the national security of the United States and that of our allies". It is therefore necessary to "protect them from adversaries" and convince the allies to do the same to ensure the "interoperability" of military applications of 5G within the framework of NATO.

This explains why Italy and the other European allies of the US have excluded Huawei and other Chinese companies from bids for the supply of 5G telecommunications equipment.

"5G technology - explains Dr. Joseph Evans in the press conference at the Pentagon - is vital to maintain the military and economic advantages of the United States", not only against its opponents, especially China and Russia, but also against allies themselves.

For this reason "the Department of Defense is working closely with industrial partners, which invest hundreds of billions of dollars in 5G technology, in order to exploit these massive investments for military applications of 5G", including military and civilian "dual-use applications". .

In other words, the 5G commercial network, built by private companies, is used by the Pentagon at a much lower cost than would be necessary if the network were built solely for military purposes.

It will be the common users, to whom the 5G multinationals will sell their services, to pay for the technology that, as they promise, should "change our lives", but which at the same time will be used to create new generation weapons for a war that it would mean the end of human generations.

Manlio Dinucci


Il Manifesto (Italy)



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Translation by Martino Vigneroni



Should the Chinese build the US 5G network, then the Pentagon is at the mercy of "failures", apart from the Chinese knowing where the US troops are...