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Global IT and techno-jingoism [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, China-bashing, EU, European Union, India, Sinophobia, USA on June 14, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by John Coulter (China Daily)

June 4, 2013

By 2020, the world will have about 50 billion connected electronic devices. We will have our own smartphones and computers, and organizations will have them spread everywhere from offices to tractors and boats to planes, monitoring rivers, air and soil.

To start understanding what this means, think of cellphones. About 1.75 billion sets were sold in 2012, and Samsung and Apple together took up 52 percent of the smartphone market’s share in the fourth quarter of last year. But despite that, the big business and long-term dominance of wireless network equipment is with Ericsson -38 percent globally. The sales of Ericsson’s cellphone may have dropped to a few percent, but the company has a century of history in infrastructure network, which, unlike cell- phones, cannot be changed according to our whims and fancies.

China’s two wireless network equipment companies, Huawei and ZTE, have changed from minor players to global giants in a few years. It is this phenomenon that has prompted some people to use techno-jingoism to thwart the two companies’ attempts to invest in the United States and European Union countries. Their rationale is as ridiculous as the corny plots of some old James Bond movies in which Chinese were depicted as the bad guys.

The simple fact is that, as a spin-off from the three-decade GDP growth miracle, Chinese entrepreneurs have hit the ground at speed with confidence and vigor. And like Haier in household appliances and Lenovo in PCs, Huawei and ZTE have rocketed to the front after learning hard lessons from Western companies and spreading throughout China’s regions before going national and global.

The Huawei CEO is justified in boasting that the company has 140,000 hardworking, well-trained, motivated workers in 140 countries, and it innovates technologies and improves management systems. While “only” 27.2 million Huawei smartphones were sold in 2012, the year-on-year increase was 73.8 percent.

More to the point, and worryingly for Ericsson, is the fact that Huawei network services have pioneered “integrated revenue and customer management”, which is very attractive to customers and encourages end-to-end technology purchase rather than large customers buying segments that don’t match.

If the core industry in a new greenfield development project in western China – such as a mine or oilfield – and attendant agriculture, water, power and transportation sectors are all part of a Huawei network, their efficient operational management and transparency would show how disjointed are the monitoring and management of a city whose different departments use different servers.

The techno-jingoists in the US and the EU either accuse China of granting unfair subsidies to its industries that lead to loss of jobs back home or allege that China poses a threat to their national security. They refuse to acknowledge that since 2008, the US government has pumped several trillion dollars into stimulus and quantitative easing packages to help banks and other industries, which common sense says were subsidies.

China has reason to wonder what is wrong with its government helping enterprises when AT&T openly contributes millions of dollars to American political parties as well as lobbies the US government ($130 million declared since 1998). And EU bailouts should disqualify its member states from even trying to criticize China for giving subsidies to its enterprises.

The second accusation leveled at Huawei and ZTE by the US, and recently by the EU and India, is that the use of communication networks associated with China could invite commercial and military espionage. Essentially, that may be possible. It is also likely that some people may spy to gain financial or strategic advantage.

But banning the two Chinese companies from selling their products in a country is similar to cutting off your nose to spite your face. Huawei and ZTE are already major global players, offering advanced technologies at low prices. And you do not cut them out just to feel safe.

Think past the oratory in parliaments. Many old equipments branded in Texas or Milan still have chips, boards and/or black boxes shipped from Shenzhen in China. Would it not be better to go really global and establish standard monitoring practices to expose all hidden codes or tricks. If UN standardized random checks were instituted, then Westerners buying from China and Iranians buying from the West would feel equally safe.

Neither techo-jingoism nor fear-mongering has any place in peaceful global integration. About 100 years ago, technophobia was aggressively promoted by Thomas Alva Edison to protect his direct current power facilities from the superior alternating current network introduced in Europe. To spread fear among people, he gruesomely had an elephant electrocuted in order to convince New York state to replace hanging with the electric chair for the death sentence. This was an outrageous example of generating fear for technology.

Huawei and ZTE are not run by the “bad guys” of old Bond movies. It is true that the founder of Huawei is a former military officer. It is also true that Chinese companies have to become more transparent and should accept checks and balances. But no EU company has demanded an investigation against any Chinese IT enterprise. The EU’s commercial associations are vociferously against investigations and bans. So why has the European Commission initiated techno-jingoism?

Before pointing the finger at a Chinese CEO who used to be in the military, people should check out Ericsson, which is controlled by the Wallenberg family that indirectly controls companies that account for one-third of Sweden’s GDP and exercise a powerful influence on many European governments. And, by the way, the Wallenberg family’s motto is Esse non viden (To be, not to be seen).

The author is an Australian researcher collaborating with Chinese academic and commercial institutions.k

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Reason for cyber accusation [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Capitalism crisis early 21st century, Economic crisis & decline, Obama, Pentagon, Sinophobia, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA on March 6, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhuanet) — In the face of unfounded accusations by the United States that the Chinese government and military are behind cyberattacks on US websites, the Ministry of National Defense was quick to respond with a written statement on Tuesday and a news conference on Wednesday. This alone shows China’s seriousness and sincerity in addressing cybersecurity.

A report released by the US Internet security firm Mandiant on Monday claimed that cyberattacks against US websites were traced to a building in Shanghai owned by the Chinese army. But given that hackers’ origins are transnational, deceptive and anonymous, the report failed to produce any convincing evidence that its occupants were behind the attacks. It is unprofessional as well as irresponsible for the US firm to base its allegations on such shaky ground.

China is also a victim of cyberattacks. About 73,000 overseas IP addresses controlled more than 14 million computers in China last year, and 32,000 IP addresses remotely controlled 38,000 Chinese websites. A considerable number of these attacks could be traced back to IP addresses in the United States.

But China never blamed others for these cyberattacks, as it understands finger pointing will not help solve what is a transnational problem. Instead, it believes consultation and cooperation to enhance law enforcement is the way to tackle the issue.

This round of US accusations against China is nothing new as the country has been regularly targeted as the home of hackers in recent years. But with the so-called China cybersabotage and espionage continuing to make headlines in the US media this week, one cannot help but ask the real purpose of such a hullabaloo.

With the US economic recovery dragging its feet, it is reasonable to think that some in Washington may want to make China a scapegoat so that the public’s attention is diverted away from the country’s domestic woes.

The Pentagon’s plans to expand its Cyber Command, as revealed by the US media recently, might also shed some light on the myth. The Washington Post reported last month that the Pentagon had decided to expand Cyber Command’s current staffing level of 900 to 4,900 in the coming years. Apart from protecting national computer systems, the missions of the command also include executing attacks and other offensive operations.

Interestingly, when the Cyber Command was established two years ago, the US played the same card.

Hence, it is reasonable to conclude that by whipping up [hysteria about] cybersabotage by China time and time again the US is just using it [as a cover] to develop its own cyber force.

(Source: China Daily)

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CIA’s role in Indonesia’s anti-Chinese genocide [Hidden Harmonies blog]

Posted in Anti-Arab / Antisemitism, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Anti-communism, Black propaganda, China, CIA, Indonesia, Sinophobia on February 18, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Jan. 23, 2013

by melektaus

The ethnic Chinese in Indonesia has faced many decades of racism and sometimes pogroms from Indonesians envious and suspicious of the Chinese. What is lesser known is that the US and especially the CIA played a cunning, covert role in spreading the defamatory lies and colluded with the racist Islamic government of Indonesia inciting the racial violence and ethnic cleansing against them.

The ethnic Chinese population is roughly 2-4% of Indonesia’s total population but there are persistent rumors that they own >70% of the wealth. This perceived economic success (which may not even be accurate due to the systematic discrimination the Chinese have endured for centuries in the country stretching all the way to Dutch colonial rule to prevent them from attaining certain degrees of success) has caused distrust and envy among many Indonesians mirroring the antisemitism during the early part of the twentieth century in Europe.

Anti-Chinese race riots and government sanctioned targeted paramilitary massacres in Indonesia have occurred since the 60s. But one of the principle causes for these organized massacres (much of which seemed to have been backed by the Indonesian government) is CIA black propaganda. Black propaganda is defined as false information purporting to come from one side of a conflict when its actually from another source. Take the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. This was purportedly from a council of powerful Jewish elders who plotted to take over the world when in fact it was written by anti-Semites trying to defame Jews.

The CIA during the 50s, 60s and 70s were notorious for their use of black propaganda around the world in their efforts to destabilize regimes and political parties they did not like often pitting one ethnic, religious or political group against another. One tactic was to use leaflets made to look like propaganda from one group which advocated atrocities and domination of another group when this was actually CIA forgeries used to create enmity between the groups. We know from the CIA’s own records released through the Freedom of Information Act that the CIA did this throughout the world creating ethnic, political conflict, strife and even wars.

The CIA’s central role in Indonesia during the 60s was to spread anti-communist propaganda. Moreover they tried to cast a shadow over the ethnic Chinese population in Indonesia in portraying them as all agents of Beijing with the intent of “colonizing” Indonesia or to turn it into a godless, anti-Islamic, communist satellite. CIA propaganda hinting that China was trying to colonize Indonesia and had conspired to overtake the society from within was spread with the help of the Indonesian government. The aim was to spread rumors about armed coups, government subversion, social and economic domination, subversive political control and foreign imperialism by ethnic Chinese people and the PRC. None of these rumors have ever been substantiated. But during large scale anti-communist massacres in the 60s, the ethnic Chinese population were one of the primary targets of Suharto’s brutal regime. These were not just anti-Communist massacres but anti-Chinese. The Suharto Indonesian dictatorship made what they termed the “Chinese problem” one of their main concerns and they considered their association with the CIA to be part of the “final solution” to that problem. Anti-Chinese genocide and ethnic cleansing of tens of thousands of Chinese people were the result in one of the most forgotten and least mourned genocides of the 20th century. As I have already noted elsewhere, it’s important to keep in mind that much of the propaganda directed against China is also directed at the Chinese people. Much of it is inherently racist.

Suharto also made speaking Chinese, Hanzi characters, and even Chinese names illegal. These no doubt are great examples of genuine incidents of cultural genocide.

More than 30 years later, the Suharto regime was still in power but before the end of its long rein of terror in 1998, his regime coordinated one last death spasm resulting in an anti-Chinese pogrom leaving at least 1500 dead ethnic Chinese and hundreds of rapes against Chinese women and girls. The Indonesian government has since launched an investigation into these crimes but there has been no prosecutions and many of the Indonesian politicians and military provocateurs who spurred on anti-Chinese racism by directing rioters to target Chinese people and their business (many signs read “Ganyang Cina!” or “Crush the Chinese!”) during that time and thus inciting the violence have rerun for office. That shouldn’t be surprising as the Indonesian government again, seems to have been culpable in spurring on anti-Chinese racism and coordinating attacks. These incidents provide another example of when international intervention is not only permissible but probably obligatory. Mainland China’s seeming indifference and inaction during those times angered many ethnic Chinese all over the world. Protests at the Indonesia embassy took place in Beijing. Chinese in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and many other places rallied and demanded the world take action and the government of Taiwan threatened sanctions. But mainland China remained as closed off as ever. The west also seemed muted and indifferent. When these incidents were reported, often the racial, genocidal, ethnic cleansing element was left out. Sometimes the victims were blamed for causing economic inequality in the country and the issue was framed into one of the poor masses turning against an elite ethnic group (despite the fact that most of the Chinese Indonesians victims were living in abject poverty along with other Indonesians).

As China gains its strength, realizes its place in the world it will hopefully do more than it has, perhaps even conduct military operations against countries that persecute their Chinese minority. Changes in its view of its place in the world seems to be taking place since 1998 spurred on by events such as those in Indonesia. If the west is truly interested in protecting human rights and stopping genocide and ethnic cleansing it would assist China’s efforts to stop them but history has shown that it has always played the role of perpetrator, aider and abetter of these crimes.

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“US looking for excuses for ‘cyber army’ expansion” – New York Times alleges hacking by China [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Capitalist media double standard, China, Corporate Media Critique, Media smear campaign, New York Times lie, Protectionist Trade War with China, Psychological warfare, Sinophobia, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, vs. Google, Yellow Peril myth on February 5, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 05, 2013

The United States is once again claiming to have been attacked by Chinese hackers. This time, the alleged “victim” is Dow Jones & Company, the publisher of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
In recent years, there have been quite many “victims” that claimed to have been attacked by “Chinese hackers”: Google, arms dealers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NASA… In November last year, subordinate departments of the U.S. Congress even issued an annual report saying China has become the Internet world’s most threatening country.
However, while the United States kept on “flattering” the “Chinese hackers” in such manner, it always seemed vague on presenting evidence. This time, the New York Times and Dow Jones & Company are still making the accusations based on similar grounds as usual – that the IP address of the attacking source is from China.
People with a little understanding of network knowledge would know that attacks of hackers are transnational and hidden in nature, and therefore the IP address cannot be taken as sufficient evidence to confirm the source of the hackers.
National security has become the U.S.’ preferred “fig leaf” to cover the implementation of trade protection and economic sanctions, the ultimate excuse for it to exaggerate the Chinese threat theory on a global scale.

Clearly, by hyping “Chinese hackers”, it can please the people at home, attract political attention, as well as impose more technical restrictions on China.

However, it is a noteworthy fact that, while rendering the “China’s Internet threats”, the United States is also rapidly expanding its network security forces. Just a few days before Dow Jones & Company accused China, media disclosed the news that the United States was going to expand its network security force by five-fold.

There are throngs of commercial spies and network hackers on the Internet, and any national department or enterprise is possible to suffer attacks. Relevant data show that China is one of the countries that suffer most severe cyber attacks in the world. Although from the technical view, a considerable number of attacks are from the U.S. network, China has never made hasty inference or reckless conclusion about the attacking source.

As a major power of the Internet, China explicitly prohibits hacker attacks in the law [sic], severely cracks down on online hacking, and has been participating in global exchanges and cooperation in the field of network security in a constructive manner. In the age of globalized and information-based economy, information security has become a global issue. International cooperation is indispensable in countering hackers. Groundless slander against other countries and the implementation of double standards on Internet governance is not the proper behavior of a responsible big country.

Read the Chinese version at: 美国为“网军”扩编找借口, [see original article for that link]
Source: People’s Daily Overseas Edition, Author: Zhang Yixuan

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‘Right-wing populists’ malignant tumor of Japanese society [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, China-bashing, Diaoyu Islands, Fascism, Japan, Sino-Japanese Friendship, Sinophobia on October 10, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

(People’s Daily Online)
October 03, 2012

Right-wing forces are malignant tumors of Japanese society. Europeans and Americans normally call social and political forces that advocate xenophobia and fascism “far-right forces,” and Japanese call them “right-wing forces” by tradition. Right-wing Japanese forces advocate nationalism and Japanese supremacy, and worship the Mikado.

Overall, traditional right-wingers have lost their mainstream status in Japanese political circles. They have either retired or been marginalized. The current Japanese right-wingers that make efforts to damage China-Japan relations and hype the “China threat” theory are mostly different from traditional right-wingers in thinking, but have caused almost the same damage to China-Japan relations. The new generation of Japanese right-wingers is more of “right-wing populists.”

“Right-wing populists” have become a mainstream political force in Japan because of the following reasons.

First, Japan is lagging behind a growing number of countries in comprehensive national strength, leading to a steady decline in its international status.

Second, from the standpoint of Japanese society, the two decades of economic stagnation in Japan coincides with the rapid development of globalization. Deluded by certain media outlets and politicians, the Japanese people blame China and other emerging countries for Japan’s decline, leading to strong xenophobic sentiment.

Third, Japanese elites represented by politicians and officials are powerless to improve the current difficult situation.

“Right-wing populists” are shortsighted and only care about their own interests. These egomaniacs have no concept of “win-win cooperation,” and often adopt a zero-sum mentality in diplomacy, which can easily lead to the deterioration of sensitive issues. The zero-sum mentality is largely to blame for the growing tensions between Japan and neighboring countries over territorial disputes, comfort women, and other issue in recent years.

Read the Chinese version: “民粹右翼”,日本社会的毒瘤, source: Guangming Daily

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IOC tells Ye Shiwen critics to ‘get real’ as swimmer passes drugs test [Telegraph]

Posted in China, China-bashing, Media smear campaign, Sinophobia, U.K. on August 1, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

The story smearing Ye Shiwen’s achievements has been the #1 most read article in British major newspaper’s online sites for the last 48 hours.  Why do Anglo-Saxons have such relish for defaming Chinese? – ZS

by James Kirkup

July 31, 2012


“…Mark Adams, an IOC spokesman, said that critics of the swimmer should back down and accept that athletes often produce dramatically improved performances in the Games.

"We need to get real here. These the world’s very best athletes competing at the very highest level,” he told reporters at the Olympic Park.

"We have a very, very strong drug testing policy…"

Asked if the Chinese swimmer had passed the mandatory drug test for medalists, he replied: "We would only start to comment if we had any adverse finding. At the moment I’m not commenting. Draw your own conclusions."

He admitted that speculation about performances was inevitable, but added: "Let’s give the athletes the benefit of the doubt…"

“…Duncan Goodhew, Olympic Village Deputy Mayor, and a gold medallist in the men’s 100 metres breaststroke in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, said competitors were innocent until proven guilty – and that there were always "incredible improvements" in performance at large sporting events such as the Olympic Games…

…"’I think it is very destructive and very irresponsible of anybody to accuse people until they are proven guilty."

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China Voice: Why do rumors repeatedly arise in Bo Xilai incident? [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Anti-communism, Black propaganda, Capitalism crisis early 21st century, China, China-bashing, Corporate Media Critique, Corruption, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Law enforcement, Media smear campaign, Sinophobia, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, USA 21st Century Cold War, USSR on April 30, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) — Wiretaps, political struggles and so-called “exclusive tip-offs” regarding the Bo Xilai incident have been reported by some foreign media in recent days.

However, people who know a little bit about China’s actual conditions may find these reports quite absurd.

Generally speaking, the tip-offs in the foreign reports have something in common. They lack exact sources of information, make groundless speculations and feature critical remarks about China’s political situation.

In fact, those reports made by some foreign media have been circulated long ago on some websites sponsored by the evil cult [Falun Gong – Zuo Shou ] that the people despise. Isn’t it a startling anecdote in international press history that rumors from cult-run websites appear in traditional media?

The truth is, as the Chinese authorities said on April 10, that the evidence uncovered so far in the investigation of the death of British national Neil Heywood indicates that he died of homicide. Bogu Kailai, wife of former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai, and Zhang Xiaojun, an orderly at Bo’s home, are suspects in the case. Both have been transferred to judicial authorities over suspected intentional murder.

After Heywood’s death and the Wang Lijun incident, the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee suspended Bo’s membership in the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and the CPC Central Committee, as he is suspected of being involved in serious discipline violations.

The case should not be interpreted as a political struggle.

The incidents are being handled under law and Party discipline. With no proper sources and a lack of knowledge regarding China’s actual conditions, some foreign media bodies have failed to respect the facts and ignored their social responsibility by making groundless comments and misleading the public.

This is not the first time for foreign media to circulate rumors about China, only to find that their statements were unfounded. This time around, they will once again lose their accountability.

But the question is: why are they still doing this?

For one thing, most of them are still trying to turn a profit. Many media organizations have suffered from the global economic downturn and the impact of the Internet.

Consequently, some media organizations have turned to gimmicks to attract readers and maximize their profits. China has become a common target for speculation, as demand for news about China has risen in foreign countries in recent years.

For another thing, foreign media bodies often lack a basic understanding of China’s actual conditions. Some have used incorrect theoretical models and statistics to conclude that China’s economy will collapse in the near future, and it appears that they are using a similar attitude in appraising China’s politics.

Their opinion of the current situation remains tied to Cold War-era beliefs, with preoccupations, biases and hostility toward China. Therefore, they have interpreted China’s decision on the Bo Xilai incident as a political struggle, when in fact, the country has made the decision in line with the rule of law and Party discipline.

There are some in the West who are uneasy about China’s development. They may wish to slander or destabilize China, hoping to see the country collapse as the former Soviet Union did instead of watching it become a democratic, modernized socialist nation.

Criminal case has nothing to do with political struggles. Foreign media entities that have disseminated rumors will have to face the music when the truth comes out.

China’s development will not be interrupted by individual incidents and the country’s overall situation will not be intentionally disturbed.

China’s clear targets for development, major policies and socialist system with Chinese characteristics allow all of its people to unite as one and make it impossible to destabilize the country through individual acts, let alone rumors from foreign media.

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