The Dangers of Inviting Chinese Telecom Companies
Just read the headlines below and judge for yourself: Can we trust the Chinese to build and operate telecommunication facilities for us? You will see the answer here…
(Disclaimer: Everything expressed here is an opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the truth. – Lulu Mendez)
As early as 2012, the United State congress has been conducting an investigation on two top Chinese telecommunication companies, Z.T.E. and Huawei, and found them to be highly suspicious of massive spying activities. Here are the few highlights of their investigation, quoted directly from the link above:
“Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said committee investigators received ‘numerous allegations’ from U.S. companies that equipment bought from Huawei sent unauthorized data to computers in China.
‘That’s a serious problem,’ Rogers said at a news conference to release the results of an 11-month investigation into Huawei and another Chinese tech giant, ZTE. ‘It could be a router that turns on in the middle of the night, starts sending back large data packs, and it happens to be sent back to China.’
Rogers declined to identify companies that had complained about suspicious data transfers. But he and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.), the committee’s ranking Democrat, recommended that the U.S. government and American firms avoid using equipment from the Chinese firms for tasks that involve large amounts of sensitive data. The two lawmakers said the firms’ close ties to the Chinese government pose a threat to national security.”
And take note: many of their concerns were limited to equipment or gadgets, but here in the Philippines, we are talking about the whole telecommunication infrastructure! the President is considering allowing the Chinese to build and operate a whole telecom system! This simply means the Chinese could easily control our entire telecommunication network if they want to, and judging from their actions, especially their brazenly illegal act with regards to our territorial waters, they probably will. Though, outwardly, they are presented as “private” Chinese companies, in reality, there is no purely private company in China as the authoritarian government always has influence and control over any company as they see fit.
“US legislators have expressed concern that Huawei and ZTE act as front companies for the Chinese government, and represent a grave ‘cyber-security threat.'”
Furthermore, the Chinese have a record of using their expertise in spying using their telecom technology – they have successfully enticed several repressive countries like Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to build telecom infrastructure there with the capability for those countries to spy on their own citizens. This means the Chinese can even help Duterte government to spy on us and even trace us! which would be very dangerous for us anti-Duterte’s. We should never allow this to happen.
“This means the Chinese can even help Duterte government to spy on us and even trace us! which would be very dangerous for us anti-Duterte’s. We should never allow that to happen.”
For these reasons, China application for entry was denied in several countries like the United Kingdom, and in India, where they responded to the Chinese request with a firm, “absolutely not!”
And the Chinese are known to provide very generous deals to poor countries with offers they cannot resist, and are also known to offer bribes. You probably remember the ZTE scandal during the time of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo where several officials were said to have received bribes. So the question is, what exactly was Duterte offered by the Chinese that he is trying so desperately to bring them here at all cost, even to the point of issuing an illegal order for the courts “not to interfere” with the Chinese telecom project. The offer must have been very irresistible.
“… (the Chinese) are also known to offer bribes… So the question is, what exactly was Duterte offered by the Chinese that he is trying so desperately to bring them here at all cost, even to the point of issuing an illegal order for the courts ‘not to interfere’ with the Chinese telecom project. The offer must have been very irresistible.”
…and why the rush, what’s the real deal?..
We must stop Duterte’s plan to allow the Chinese to build and control telecommunication facilities here in the Philippines. To say Duterte is endangering our national security will not be enough; he might be endangering our sovereignty and our national well-being as well. Once we allow the Chinese take over our telecom system, we are practically finished, with the Chinese controlling all our vital telecom networks with their vast technical know-how and technology. And once this is done, the Chinese can control the whole country – the Philippines will be under virtual Chinese occupation and control. We will probably lose our offshore territories for good. And further, if we fall into their debt-trap – a whole new problem and topic – we will forever be under their subjugation. Far-fetched? perhaps, but theoretically, it is totally possible. So before it’s too late, we must stop the President from pursuing his plan of bringing in the Chinese to take control of our telecommunication network. This is of utmost importance – our national interest, nay our lives, may be at stake here. So please let us all fight this, fight hard!
“So before it’s too late, we must stop the President from pursuing his plan of bringing in the Chinese to take control of our telecommunication network. This is of utmost importance – our national interest, nay our lives, may be at stake here. So please let us all fight this, fight hard!”