Washington using legal cover to conceal economic banditry
Date Written: 12/12/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23157
The arrest of a Chinese telecom executive in Canada on behalf of the US is an abuse of the legal process and international law to pursue American economic interests. China's anger resonates with similar grievances against the US felt by Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and even American allies in Europe.
For months now, US government and media sources have been spreading scary claims that Chinese technology is posing a threat to national security by stealthily introducing spy software into homes and businesses. China has strenuously denied the claims as provocative nonsense. Significantly, too, US telecoms firms such as Apple which manufacture products in China have also come to flatly reject the claims emanating from Washington of Chinese government "spy chips".
It seems obvious that this background of anti-China commercial propaganda is aimed at discrediting and disenfranchising Chinese telecoms firms from the US and other markets. Huawei phones, for example, are banned from sale on US military bases around the world.
Earlier this year, in testimony to become CIA chief Gina Haspel gave a snide comment in congressional hearings to the effect that she wouldn't touch Chinese tech products with a barge pole, implying security risk.