Daniel Halliday
May 8 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
Whose equipment poses a greater threat, US' or Chinese?
Following the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on December 1st 2018, America has accused her of fraud, banned Huawei products, accused the company of building surveillance ‘backdoors’ (possible routes for hackers) into their equipment and having links to the Chinese government. While the company refutes these allegations, the Chinese government have long accused the United States of conducting illegal surveillance campaigns against the Chinese government and key institutions. In addition, when considering the extent of US mass surveillance campaigns leaked by Edward Snowden in , which is really the bigger surveillance threat? aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/countries-banning-huawei-181206130850129.html bbc.com/news/technology-27587551 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_surveillance_disclosures_(2013%E2%80%93present)
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Industrial espionage - Chinese investment/patent stealing
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US Tech Surveillance - The pot calling the kettle black
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Industrial espionage - Chinese investment/patent stealing

The real threat with Chinese companies has been less of a surveillance issue and more a problem of investment in order to carry out patent and design theft. Several cases have been noted from Huawei to German Tiger tanks, leading many countries to veto Chinese investment; a similar situation with France led French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire to publicly claiming France is not open to looting. For the US this poses economic and surveillance risks, which explains their gusto, however restricting Chinese companies in this way may stifle economic growth and considering the wide-scale surveillance infrastructure of the US the answer to this question essentially remains who politically you believe to be a bigger threat to the world, China or the United States. Neither publicly claims to posses anything but good will however both are behind some shocking human rights violations and complex surveillance campaigns.

youtube.com/watch?v=bZh-CEgHaH4

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US Tech Surveillance - The pot calling the kettle black

American mass surveillance has a long history, beginning with the tapping of telegraph communications carried out by the Cipher Bureau from 1919 onward. This surveillance campaign became more sophisticated over the next century, to the point at which a global telecommunication surveillance program was in place, run by the National Security Agency in America and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance internationally, involving numerous international governments and telecommunications companies. Edward Snowden leaked classified information from the NSA in 2013, and is it is clear from these leaks that the NSA routinely intercepts American made networking equipment and implants backdoor surveillance tools in order to facilitate future surveillance by the NSA. However the United State’s concerns about Huawei are mostly based on the company’s “failure to cooperate” and “classified and unclassified information”, meaning there may indeed be Chinese surveillance programs, but they probably pale in comparison to the century old American campaign against global privacy.

theguardian.com/books/2014/may/12/glenn-greenwald-nsa-tampers-us-internet-routers-snowden

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