China seems to be on a “hoarding spree,” stockpiling strategic commodities from chips, minerals to grains and cotton. In its global purchases, the United States is one of its largest suppliers.
Beijing has been hoarding chips. Industry experts believe China’s nationwide hoarding played a role in the global chip shortage. In fact, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation in August launched a probe into hoarding and other speculative practices as the regime found it disrupted its own market.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said publicly last week that China is a main source of the fentanyl that’s fueling a deadly opioid crisis in Canada.
Blair’s remarks marked a shift in the Liberal government’s public tone on the fentanyl issue and China’s role. When asked by The Epoch Times for comment in the past, Blair’s ministry made no mention of China, merely saying the government is “committed to doing everything we can” to address the drug crisis. This stood in contrast to calls by the Opposition Conservatives and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for Ottawa to hold Beijing to account for the crisis.
Yet in his address at the parliamentary Canada-China relations committee on Feb. 25, Blair still refused to talk about Huawei and security concerns and whether the Chinese telecom giant with links to Beijing will be banned from Canada’s 5G networks.
Australia has joined an international coalition of 57 countries condemning hostage diplomacy, in a move designed to ramp up diplomatic pressure on China and other nations which have arbitrarily detained foreigners.
Signatories include Japan, the UK, US and the vast majority of members in the European Union
The declaration does not specifically mention any nation
It is reportedly sparked by concern over arrests of foreigners by China, Iran, Russia and North Korea
A report emerged that hackers, probably from China, had been filching security camera footage from inside the African Union headquarters building in Ethiopia. Several years ago, AU technicians discovered that the building’s Huawei-provided servers were daily exporting their data to Shanghai, and that the walls of the Chinese-built headquarters were peppered with listening devices.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) published an article explaining the reason that the U.S. closed China’s Consulate in Houston.
The article stated that the U.S. has known that the staff members at the consulate were conducting suspicious activities, but, for a while, it did not take any action. The Second Department of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which is the PLA’s intelligence unit, sent staff members from a large network company, with fake IDs, to China’s Consulate in Houston. Those technicians used a large video platform’s backend data to identify people who might participate in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) and ANTIFA’s protests and then created and sent them customized videos on how to organize riots and how to do promotions.
The purpose was to “weaponize” big data technology. It delivered relevant materials precisely to those people who were most likely to participate in the protests, while other people could not even find those videos.
RFA did not spell out the company names. A Twitter account said the technicians were from Huawei and the video platform they used to identify candidates and push videos to was TikTok.
The Trump administration blacklisted the Chinese firm over security concerns last year. The US government has now announced further crackdowns, this time restricting the type of hardware that the tech giant can access.
The administration added 38 companies to the “entity list” of firms considered to pose a risk to either US national security or foreign policy interests. It takes the total number of Huawei affiliates on the list up to 152. Huawei itself was added in May 2019.
‘Re-education’, forced labour and surveillance beyond Xinjiang.
The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority1 citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 82 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen.
This report estimates that more than 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred out of Xinjiang to work in factories across China between 2017 and 2019, and some of them were sent directly from detention camps.2 The estimated figure is conservative and the actual figure is likely to be far higher. In factories far away from home, they typically live in segregated dormitories,3 undergo organised Mandarin and ideological training outside working hours,4 are subject to constant surveillance, and are forbidden from participating in religious observances.5 Numerous sources, including government documents, show that transferred workers are assigned minders and have limited freedom of movement.6
SHENZHEN • China’s Xiaomi, Huawei Technologies, Oppo and Vivo are joining forces to create a platform for developers outside China to upload apps onto all of their app stores simultaneously.
This is a move analysts say is meant to challenge the dominance of Google’s Play store.
The four companies are ironing out kinks in what is known as the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA). The platform aims to make it easier for developers of games, music, movies and other apps to market their apps in overseas markets, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The GDSA was initially aiming to launch next month, sources said, although it is not clear how that will be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. A prototype website says the platform will initially cover nine “regions”, including India, Indonesia and Russia.
Oppo and Vivo are owned by Chinese manufacturer BBK Electronics. Huawei, Oppo and Vivo declined to comment for this story.
‘If it is true, the irony is that exactly what they are doing to us is what they have always charged that the Chinese are doing through us,’ said Huawei.
According to new documents released by Edward Snowden, the NSA ran an operation code-named “Shotgiant” which targeted the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. The documents come from an internal NSA presentation and show that the NSA succeeded in hacking into Huawei’s internal servers and got access to the company’s emails as well as its source code repositories.
Internally Huawei routed all of its emails through one server in Shenzhen where the NSA managed to siphon off the data and gain access to a large portion of the internal communications including messages from company CEO Ren Zhengfei and Chairwoman Sun Yafang. Since the company employs some 150,000 people, the amount of data coming out of Huawei was more than the NSA could handle. According to Der Spiegel an internal NSA document stated that, “we currently have good access and so much data that we don’t know what to do with it.”
LONDON/HONG KONG—The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company’s suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm’s owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius.
U.S. authorities allege Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two companies were independent of Huawei, when in fact Huawei controlled them. Huawei has maintained the two are independent: equipment seller Skycom Tech Co Ltd and shell company Canicula Holdings Ltd.
Huawei‘s head of PR will probably have some explaining to do after today’s stunt (although I commend them for their bravery). The company put out a poll from its official Twitter account asking its followers who they thought owns Huawei — along with the incredibly catchy hashtag #WhoRunsHuawei.
The Serbian government has announced that it will be installing hundreds of Huawei-made cameras equipped with facial-recognition technology across the capital, Belgrade, reports Foreign Policy. The article cites a now-deleted Huawei study in which “the company boasted that it had already deployed its Safe City system in 230 cities around the world, for more than 90 national or regional governments.”
TORONTO—A senior executive with Huawei Canada is leaving his post after more than seven years at the Chinese telecom giant, which has recently been facing increasing scrutiny over its close ties to Beijing.
Scott Bradley, who was Huawei Canada’s senior vice president for corporate affairs, indicated in a LinkedIn post that he no longer holds that position. He couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.
Huawei, founded by Ren Zhengfei—a former officer at China’s People’s Liberation Army—has been cited as a security risk in intelligence circles, due to having close ties to the Chinese Communist regime. Western intelligence officials have raised concerns that Beijing could use the company’s equipment for espionage.
Beijing’s clear message to US allies such as Australia is that they will pay a steep price for siding with the Americans in the standoff over Huawei, part of a wider struggle between the superpowers for tech dominance.
The United States has escalated its fight with China for tech dominance.
On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice unsealed indictments against Chinese tech giant Huawei for theft of trade secrets and violations of US sanctions on Iran.
The allegations by the US government comes at a sensitive time, as negotiations are underway to end the damaging trade war between the two countries.
Together, the two indictments paint a company hungry to get ahead at any cost, including by stealing technology and telling lies for profit.
Huawei, China’s biggest telecommunications conglomerate, is facing challenges in renewing a permit for its research branch in California, called Futurewei, due to national security concerns in Washington over the technology being developed and acquired there.
Founded as Huawei’s U.S. subsidiary in 2001 in Plano, Texas, Futurewei employs more than 1,200 employees in the United States. In 2011, Futurewei opened a research and development (R&D) center in Santa Clara, in California’s Silicon Valley. It employs around 700 people, most of them design engineers and scientists.
Around the world, one telecom company after another has announced plans to reject 5G equipment from Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE.
The latest rejections were announced by Japan’s three main telecoms operators, SoftBank Group, NTT Docomo, and KDDI, according to a Dec. 10 article by Japanese media Nikkei. The decision came on the heels of a Dec. 7 announcement by the Japanese government banning government purchases of equipment from Huawei and ZTE, in order to increase its defense against intelligence leaks and cyber attacks.
The next generation of wireless mobile communication technology, 5G is estimated to be at least 100 times faster than current 4G networks. Additionally, 5G is considered key for revolutionizing many industries, including health care, manufacturing, and transportation. Countries are vying for leadership in 5G because it is viewed as critical to economic growth.
Rakuten, Japan’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, has also stated that the firm does not plan to use Chinese telecommunications equipment, according to Nikkei.
WASHINGTON—While the West has only recently recognized the potential security threat posed by Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, some China insiders have long known that the company is part of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) apparatus.
Huawei toes the party line very closely on issues including, for example, the persecution of Falun Gong, a peaceful meditation and spiritual practice based on the tenets of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. In cooperating with that persecution, Huawei has developed tools that should be of concern to everyone around the world, not just the practitioners of Falun Gong in China.
Censoring and Spying
Huawei has done far more in the persecution of Falun Gong than simply policing its own employees. It has helped put in place the tools used by the Chinese regime to track Chinese citizens and censor what information they can access, thus enabling the persecution.
A 172-page internal document from Huawei, written in 2015, was leaked this year and circulated on the internet. The file was entitled “VCM (video content management) Operation Guide” and was used to train the Chinese regime’s internet police on how to monitor, analyze, and process video content in real time. The police were expected to send out alerts should they find anything “suspicious.”
In July 1999, then-CCP leader Jiang Zemin began a campaign to eradicate Falun Gong out of fear of the large numbers of Chinese who found its traditional moral teachings more attractive than the party’s atheist ideology.
“This Falun Gong practitioner didn’t want to sign this kind of contract,” Mindy said. “As a result, he couldn’t be employed by Huawei. And Huawei not only had this item in the contract, but also actively asked every would-be-employee if they practiced Falun Gong.”
TORONTO—The Canadian government says it is aware of the detention of a Canadian citizen in China, and is discussing his case with Chinese authorities.
Michael Kovrig, who at one time served as a diplomat for Canada and helped with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official trip to Hong Kong in 2016, has been detained by Chinese authorities. The reason for his capture has not yet been made clear.
“The Canadian government is seized with this case and will continue to speak with the Chinese government,” said Guillaume Bérubé, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada. “We are providing consular assistance to the family of the Canadian.”
Kovrig’s capture comes as China has warned Canada to release Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou immediately or face “grave consequences.”
Speaking to reporters, Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the government is “sparing no effort” to ensure Kovrig’s safety.
“We’re obviously worried about whenever a Canadian is put in a situation that puts them at some risk or jeopardy, where’s there’s no apparent or obvious cause or trigger for that,” Goodale said.
Goodale said the Canadian government is trying to find out more about the case, and also “demonstrate to the Chinese government through our diplomatic offices how seriously we view this matter.”
Kovrig is currently employed as a senior advisor with the think tank International Crisis Group.