Monday 2nd of August 2021

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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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...

Zhōnghuá yǒuwéi...


The headquarters of Huawei is a sprawling campus of 12 "towns", based on different regions of Europe and scattered with replicas of castles and palaces. 

Key points:
  • Huawei is the world's biggest manufacturer of smartphones

  • It was founded in Shenzhen, which was a small fishing town only 40 years ago

  • Xi Jinping's father Xi Zhongxun took inspiration from a visit to Australia in 1979 before his overhaul of Shenzhen, says China expert

Huawei, which is the largest privately-owned company in China and the world's biggest manufacturer of smartphones, did not always have such a grand home.

The birthplace of the company, just a few kilometres away from its new campus, was a swampy fishing town just 40 years ago.

And it may not have birthed behemoths like Huawei if it wasn't for Xi Jinping's father Xi Zhongxun.

He arrived in the area In 1978, having just got a new job — first Party secretary of the province, Guangdong.

This was extremely significant for Xi Zhongxun, an early follower of Chairman Mao Zedong and veteran of the Communist Revolution who had once been promoted to become a vice-premier of China.

This new job wasn't as prestigious as that, but as he wronged Mao in the early 1960s, and subsequently spent most of the previous two decades in jail, he would take what he could get.

While Guangdong ranked sixth in terms of China's most populous provinces, it was significant in its location — right across the border from Hong Kong, then a British colony.

What Mr Xi saw there shocked him, according to Joseph Torigian, an expert in the politics of China's elite.

"He can see in these extraordinarily striking visual terms, how far China had fallen behind the capitalist world, just by looking at Hong Kong from Guangdong," said Dr Torigian, who is studying Xi Zhongxun for an upcoming book.

Xi Zhongxun's visit to Australia

After 16 years in political purgatory, Mr Xi was keen to see how the rest of the world had changed.

The first place he travelled was Australia, in 1979.

"According to the archives we have on this trip, it seems to have made quite the impact on him," Dr Torigian told the China, If You're Listening podcast.

Mr Xi visited industrial, agricultural, pastoral sites as well as health, cultural, educational and scientific research activities across NSW, according to Dr Torgian.

Sydney, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Casino, Dubbo, Narrandera and Leeton were all on the itinerary.

"He visited at the invitation of Neville Wran, the leader of New South Wales at the time, and Wran gave a toast at one of the receptions that were held, where he said, 'long live the People's Republic of China, long live the revolutionary committee of Guangdong Province, long live the sister province relationship between Guangdong and New South Wales, long live the close and harmonious relations between the People's Republic of China and Australia'."

In return, Dr Torigian said, Mr Xi praised the state.

"[Mr Xi] said that the property of NSW and its advanced technology would make cooperation for Guangdong valuable."

When then-governor Xi returned to Guangdong, he decided things had to change.

Hundreds of thousands of people every year were fleeing across the border from his province into Hong Kong, looking for a better life.

Mr Xi understood why they were leaving.

"The peasants are most pragmatic," he wrote.

"If we cannot improve their lives, they will never stay. Our talk about the superiority of socialism was empty to them."

The final stop before crossing into Hong Kong was Shenzhen — a small (by Chinese standards) town whose name meant "deep drainage ditch".

Mr Xi concocted a plan to transform Shenzhen into "an export production base of both agricultural and industrial commodities, a tourist destination for visitors from Hong Kong and a new type of frontier city."

He was given approval to turn the city into a Special Economic Zone, with rules and regulations separate from the rest of China.

What he created was the birthplace of Chinese capitalism.

Shenzhen's roaring 80s

Early in Mr Xi's tenure, scrap metal from retired Hong Kong ships began to be processed and traded in Guangdong.

By the end of his second year in the job, the "deep drainage ditch" had begun its spectacular transformation.

A local entrepreneur who founded an industrial park in Shenzhen put up billboards proclaiming, "time is money, efficiency is life", a revolutionary concept in Communist China.

While in the rest of the country citizens were virtually all employed either in agriculture or by the state, in Shenzhen more western employment practices began.

Private businesses employed people on contracts, rather than ongoing permanent roles. The job security was worse, but the pay was two or three times higher.

Foreign businesses were welcome to set up joint ventures with local companies, leading to the first western businesses in China.

This idea was soon copied in other cities, but Shenzhen remained the most prominent.

In 1982, construction began on Shenzhen's first skyscraper, the Guomao Building. Builders added a storey every three days, leading to the coining of a new term: "Shenzhen speed".

It topped out at 160 meters and was the tallest building in China at the time.

The conditions were so attractive to the rest of China that an 80-kilometre barbed wire fence was built around Shenzhen to stop people from flooding the city. Special permits were required to enter the new capitalist haven inside of Communist China.

The birth of a giant

One of the people who gained a permit was a young man named Ren Zhengfei.

He — like many people in Shenzhen — had previously worked for the state as an engineer in the Chinese army, before being made redundant.

He got a job in an oil company, then started his own electronics company in 1987.

In naming it, he took the phrase Zhōnghuá yǒuwéi — meaning "China has promise", shortened it and made "Huawei".

His plan was to make phone parts — buying them from overseas, figuring out how they worked, then producing them for China.

At the time, getting a landline phone installed cost about the same as the average national annual salary. He wanted to make it cheaper.

But as technology advanced and Huawei grew, it faced challenges.

By the time it moved from phone switches into mobile telecommunications, cities across China were already dominated by existing companies.

It focused on finding customers in rural areas and in finding ways to learn from and collaborate with western companies.

It worked with IBM to modernise its management practices and started to export its products overseas.

By 1998, it was large enough to own its own campus and on its way to becoming the world's biggest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment.

But Mr Ren — by then a billionaire — was not satisfied.

The Ox Horn campus

By the 2010s, there was very little difference between Shenzhen and the rest of Guangdong province.

The barbed wire fence was still there but had long been ignored by people travelling in and out of the city.

The capitalist ideals had spread to the rest of the province and the area around Shenzhen had grown into, by some measures, the largest megacity on earth, with hundreds of skyscrapers taller than the Guomao Building.

But while most of the city looks like any normal, modern business hub, in one corner there are a number of European castles.

The Belfry of Bruges, the Little Castle of Český Krumlov, Heidelberg Castle and Budapest's Freedom bridge are all replicated.

It all belongs to Huawei.

When Ren Zhengfei decided to build a new research and development campus, he decided against building a new skyscraper.

Instead of growing vertically, he grew Huawei horizontally.

He bought an area of land larger than most university campuses on the banks of the picturesque Songshan Lake and built 12 "towns", based on architecture from across Europe.

Plenty of commentators have tried to read into this decision.

Is it due to his admiration of Western thinking? Some critics have said it is a testament to his company's skill at copying other people's ideas.

But another interpretation is that Mr Ren simply decided to build something nice in the city that made him rich.

In recent years, a well-publicised split has begun between Huawei and western countries.

The US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK have all raised concerns about Huawei providing a national security risk, saying it could potentially in future be ordered by the Chinese government to use its equipment for espionage purposes.

To them, Mr Ren has said: "They are more than welcome to come and visit us in Shenzhen."


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