let’s dispel the combined notion that China spies on everyone and the US spies
on no one. There is so much public evidence to destroy both
these assertions that I won’t bother repeating them here. I will however remind
readers that a few years ago China more or less banned Windows 8 from the
country because it was discovered that the O/S had a built-in NSA back door. It
seems that Germany reported on this first, but the devastating proof was at an
IT conference where a Microsoft executive was interrupted during a speech with
precisely this accusation.. He
did not deny it because the person making the accusation was the person who
discovered it and had with him the proof, but refused to discuss it and changed
this is hardly news. Forty years ago it was proven that all Xerox copy machines
delivered to foreign embassies and consulates in the US were “espionage-ready” Also,
for at least 20 years, and perhaps much more, it was common knowledge that when
any foreign embassies, consulates, banks and other corporations ordered
computers and similar hardware from US suppliers, those shipments were
intercepted by UPS, delivered to the CIA and/or NSA for installation of “extra”
hardware and software before delivery to their destinations. This was one of
the confirmations by Edward Snowden. Any
search on this will give you millions of hits unless Google chooses that moment
to lose its memory.
problems with Huawei are twofold. The most obvious is that China is eating
America’s lunch when it comes to innovation and invention and Trump would like
to slow this down by destroying Huawei and is clearly making every possible
effort in this regard, including bullying and threatening half the known world
against using Huawei’s products. But this is the small part of the problem; the
real issue is espionage. There is no practical value in disputing the
assertion that Cisco and other American hardware and software firms install
back doors to all their equipment for the convenience of CIA and NSA access.
But suddenly Huawei is replacing Cisco and those other American firms with
its better and less expensive equipment.
part is okay, but how can the CIA and NSA approach Huawei and ask the
company to build back doors into its equipment so the US can spy on China –
among all other countries? There is no solution to this problem other than
to trash Huawei’s reputation by accusing it of being an espionage threat and
having the company’s equipment banned. And this applies not only to the US,
but to the entire Five Eyes Espionage Network, involving the US, Canada, the
UK, Australia and New Zealand. Briefly,
this was set up to break laws while pretending no laws were being broken. It is
generally against the law for a government to spy on its own citizens, but that
law doesn’t apply to a foreign government. So Canada spies on Australian
citizens and sends the information to the Australian spooks who can claim they
did nothing wrong. Rinse and repeat. The sad part is that the “intelligence”
received is usually of little interest to the four minor participants but
all of it is shared with the US who are frothing to spy on the entire world and
to take possession of “every communication” of every kind in the entire world.
Thus, it isn’t sufficient to ban Huawei only from the US because this company’s
equipment would castrate the NSA’s effort in the other four nations. Thus, US
bullying to ensure each of its five eyes is Huawei-free. And that’s the
entire story, like it or not.
is nothing of consequence, except that it is in direct competition with similar
American platforms and has proven too popular and too competitive to be
permitted to survive. This is just a cheap, below-the-belt and illegal-as-hell
shot at China. No threat, no nothing. However, as with all similar IT products
and platforms it contains much personal information especially useful for
marketing, which has so far been the private property of people like Google,
Facebook and Twitter. Thus, Trump kills two birds with one stone: either
simply kill Tik-Tok on some trumped-up accusation (if you’ll excuse the
expression) of espionage, or force a sale to an American company. Either way,
China loses massively while the political oppression and marketing value of that
personal information remains safely in trusted American hands.
few Americans are familiar with WeChat, let me give you a description. Many of
these functions are available in the West through various platforms, but not
always to the same extent nor with the same convenience.
WeChat we can transmit text and voice messages, photos and videos, and other
files of any description even of many Mb in size. We can send and receive both
text and voice messages in any language because WeChat has an excellent
translation function in combination with one of its partners which translates
not only text and voice, but will extract and translate all text contained in
photos, handy for restaurant menus if you can’t read Chinese. We can place not
only voice calls but video calls to anyone anywhere that transmit over the
internet. It is so convenient that WeChat is the default communication choice
for a great many people for most purposes. WeChat also has a Moments platform
where we can post text, photos, videos, that are visible to those on our
contact lists while selecting those who can view and who cannot, reserving some
posts for close friends and others more generally public.
China we have two primary online payment systems, one operated by Alibaba (called
Alipay) and the other by WeChat. Its use is nearly universal in China and both
are free to the user. During the past several years I
cannot recall a single instance where I had cash in my pocket (even small
change) when I went anywhere or was shopping for anything. Even to purchase a
small bunch of green onions at a street market, the vendor has a QR code which
my phone scans and the payment into their bank account is automatic.
WeChat, we can send money to each other.
If we want to share the cost of lunch, you can pay the entire bill and I
transfer my share to you through WeChat. If I ever need cash, I could go to any
shop or even approach a complete stranger and ask for 1,000 RMB and instantly
repay him into his WeChat account. It is frequently used to transfer money
internationally this way, sending dollars to a friend in one country and
receiving RMB into a WeChat account in China. Instant, secure, and free of all
fees. It all happens within a second, with a concurrent text message
confirmation from the bank of both sides of the transaction. WeChat is the main
reason people can travel anywhere in China with only a mobile phone and
passport (and a change of clothing). Through WeChat, people can purchase
plane or train tickets, pay taxi fares and hotel bills, restaurant tabs, in the
useful WeChat function is real-time GPS location sharing. If a group is
traveling to a destination in several cars, WeChat displays an active GPS map
showing all locations in real space and time. If I am meeting a friend at a
shopping mall or park or other large location, with this GPS function we can
see each other’s location in real time and I know which way to walk to
encounter my friend.
have WeChat groups which we can create with any number of participants for any
convenient purpose. During the COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai we had a
temporary WeChat group for the purchase of meat and vegetables that functioned
better than any supermarket and with much less trouble. If I want to have a
Christmas party I form a group of those I plan to invite, and all our
discussions and planning take place within that platform. Most communities
(small portions of residential districts) have a WeChat group for notification
of community events and sharing important information.
point with Trump’s “sanction” of WeChat is first that it will terminally
disrupt international communications between China and the US for students,
scientists, diplomats, media reporters, for all those in the US who have
frequent communications with China,
effects felt more seriously by those in China, which is a plus for Trump.
Second, Trump’s administration is uncomfortable with the extent to which WeChat
is encroaching on the American turf of Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram
and more, with already around 100 million downloads in the US, and his
actions are partially to reclaim that turf by simply banning a competing medium
that is threatening to take over and seriously downgrade the popularity of
similar American platforms.
most important is the espionage and censorship role of Trump’s initiative.
As the censorship noose tightens around Facebook and Twitter, Americans are
naturally moving to WeChat. The real issue is not that WeChat poses any
danger to the US in any sense but, as with Huawei, the CIA and NSA cannot very
well approach WeChat and ask for automatic sharing of all that personal
relationship data. Therefore, under the guise of China being untrustworthy,
the US government simply bans WeChat and thus no one in the US can send or
receive any message without the NSA having a copy. A huge plus is that any
news not fitting the official narrative will then be strangled at birth, as
Google, Facebook and Twitter are now doing. If Microsoft or another American
firm were to buy WeChat, then of course all is well since it is US firms, not
Chinese, who automatically share all personal contact data with their
Mr. Romanoff’s writing has
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in international consulting firms, and owned an international import-export
business. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University,
presenting case studies in international affairs to senior EMBA classes. Mr.
Romanoff lives in Shanghai and is currently writing a series of ten books
generally related to China and the West. He is one of the contributing authors
to Cynthia McKinney’s new anthology ‘When China Sneezes’. (Chapt.
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What part will your country play in World War III?
By Larry Romanoff, May 27, 2021
The true origins of the two World Wars have been deleted from all our history books and replaced with mythology. Neither War was started (or desired) by Germany, but both at the instigation of a group of European Zionist Jews with the stated intent of the total destruction of Germany. The documentation is overwhelming and the evidence undeniable. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11)