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China: Espionage

Business as spying tool!

 

How China is expanding its intelligence-gathering ops
AMIR HOSSAIN | Issue Dated: August 18, 2013, New Delhi
Tags : China | Cyber espionage | Cyber threat | Huawei |
 

Cyber espionage generated from China is tarnishing the relationship between two global giants -- the United States and China. The US has been vocal about the great Chinese threat to the nation’s economic security and has declared that “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.” The recent expansion of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei across the African continent has escalated the US paranoia. The company has even been barred from doing business with the US  government and is alleged to be “an intelligence agency masquerading as a tech business.”

Since the late 1990s, Huawei has invested multi billion dollars in Africa and has expanded its tentacle across 18 nations in the continent with the mission of "Enriching [African] Lives through Communication." However, US-based security analysts and experts have been wary about Huawei’s penetration into Africa and have stated that “the Chinese telecom could be wiring the continent for surveillance.” Former Department of Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff has claimed that "There's a great deal of concern about Huawei acting to advance the interests of the Chinese government in a strategic sense, which includes not only traditional espionage but as a vehicle for economic espionage." However, Huawei officials have completely rejected the allegations by saying that it is "tired, unsubstantiated, and defamatory." The allegation may be right or wrong but there is no secret about China’s over enthusiasm in Africa.

During 2006 to 2012, China has made investments around $67 billion in several African projects. Moreover, China remains active in the process of maintaining peace in Mali and fighting against Somalis pirates.

Whatever be the truth, one thing is clear: the US is looking for an opportunity to fire back on its closest rival China. Even as American corporate biggies like Apple, Coca-Cola, and McDonald's are spreading American culture across the globe in a big way, the US continues to feel insecure about the growth of Chinese corporations. God bless America.  
 

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