China’s Digital Silk Road Is Looking More Like an Iron Curtain

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at regan@npstrategygroup.com

 

Bloomberg: “China’s Digital Silk Road Is Looking More Like an Iron Curtain”

 

By laying out the U.S. and China’s central roles in a global push to the digital future that is well underway, Bloomberg addresses the very real threats of what the implementation of Chinese Huawei and ZTE technologies could mean for the national security of impacted countries and the future of technology on a global level.

There is a demonstrated, collective concern, then, for allowing for Huawei and ZTE -- both with track records in cyber espionage -- to infiltrate developing 5G infrastructure. But, in discussing the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger, the “new T-Mobile” is shrugging it off. Sprint and T-Mobile have refused to commit to the American public to exclude Huawei from building 5G infrastructure.

Bloomberg notes “the rivalry [between the U.S. and China] risks dividing the world with a digital iron curtain.” While China pours money into tech projects in countries across the globe in its ‘scramble for dominance’ and global influence, a parent company of the “new T-Mobile”, Deutsche Telekom, is building the 5G infrastructure in Poland with Huawei equipment.

Sprint and T-Mobile owe it to the American people to distance themselves from China’s hungry and dangerous pursuit of global tech influence, specifically by publicly refusing to use Huawei technology in 5G plans. The safety and privacy of Americans depend on it--and, certainly, the free speech and political and civil freedoms of members of the global community do, too. After all, the United States is just one of many countries that have taken a hard stance against the use of Huawei or ZTE technologies in 5G rollouts. This weekend, the Washington Post listed countries that are rightfully wary. Make no mistake: that list continues to grow--and fast.

KEY POINTS:

  • U.S. allies including Australia and New Zealand have banned Huawei and ZTE from providing equipment for 5G wireless technology on national security grounds.

  • Canada arrested Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on allegations she defrauded banks to violate Iranian sanctions.

  • China is exporting to at least 18 countries sophisticated surveillance systems capable of identifying threats to public order and has made it easier to repress free speech in 36 others, according to an October report published by Washington watchdog Freedom House.

  • “We have sold ourselves to the Chinese,” says Gregory Chifire, the director of an anticorruption organization who fled the country after being sentenced in November to six years in prison on what Amnesty International calls trumped-up charges. “People’s freedom to express themselves—their freedom of thought, their freedom of speech—is shrinking by the day.”

  • In Vietnam, hackers took over screens and audio communications in the country’s two major airports in 2016 to broadcast propaganda supporting China’s claims in the South China Sea. The incident caused an alarmed Vietnamese government to warn its agencies and companies to reduce their reliance on Chinese equipment, which was believed to have played a role. Potential threats to national security like these have prompted the U.S., Australia, and Japan to take countermeasures against the spread of Chinese technology.

The Bloomberg piece in full is available HERE.

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