According to the Washington Times, Chinese state-run media was apparently out in full-force last week, promoting the idea that the Chinese naval fleet of nuclear submarines is fully capable of conducting a full-scale nuclear attack against American cities in a future apocalyptic WWII scenario. The Chinese nuclear sub development program has been highly secretive for many years. It started in the 1950s when the Chinese obtained a Soviet Golf-class submarine and reverse engineered the technology. By the 1980′s, China developed the Type 092 Xio-class ballistic missile sub. It was a short-range sub that only made China’s neighbors nervous. That was until China developed the Type 094 Jin class sub in 2010, which could travel 8,700 miles. In the alleged article by the Global Times, the Washington Times reported the Global Times as writing about nuclear attacks on specific US cities. The Washington times only linked to its own website tags as a source for the alleged article, and efforts to confirm that the article exists on the Global Times website itself turned up no such article at all. (1)
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Of course companies such as Apple and General Motors would be upset, but then again who cares? Those companies, like many in the US, are part of the real problem. They tell us we all benefit from made in China products, but how true is this? They act as if China were the only game in town and no other country could manufacture our goods. Are we to assume that attaching logic units into iPad frames is beyond the ability of people from Mexico, Vietnam , Bangladesh or even the USA? Of course it is not, but Apple does not say this, after all they have to keep the communists happy and the way to do this is through job creation. Thus companies convince us that we must engage China, although it is not entirely true. As a matter of fact, Chinese imports to the US contributed very little to our economy and GDP (1). In other words, if we cut off all trade to China, the impact would not be tremendous. Big business propagates the “we need China” myth in order to pad their pockets. They hand over our most sensitive secrets as they convince us that China is not that bad. The ditch US businesses are digging will pave the way to our economic demise. But what about our government, the one that’s looking out for our best interests? They are similarly positioned. Fearful of offending both China and big business, Washington is happy to watch China siphon off our competitive edge. Rather than call the Chinese on this, Washington prefers to “engage them” and hope for the best.
Part 1 of this article addressed the fact that the Chinese had hacked into major US news agencies. At the time of that writing it was alleged that the Chinese military was behind those attacks. Proving such a thing is very complicated and one of the reasons that the US has done so little in the face of mounting Chinese attacks on US companies. For their part, the Chinese steadfastly deny any state-sponsored hacking. Unfortunately for Beijing, Mandiant, a computer security firm, has strong evidence “proving” that China’s military has been attacking the US and its companies for years. Mandiant concluded that the Chinese military Unit 61398, located in Shanghai, was one such military hacking unit. As a matter of fact it was even uncovered that in 2004 that unit was actively recruiting hackers to join Unit 61398. This shows that Beijing has been updating its cyber army for quite some time now. The Mandiant report (1) also states that: Mandiant has been tracking security breaches or hacking since 2004. They claim that advanced threat actors “Advanced Persistent Threat” (APT) account for the majority of those breaches. Mandiant initially believed that the Chinese government authorized such groups but had no way to determine the extent of government involvement.
“China is the world’s “most sophisticated and prolific hacker…It’s fair to say we’re already living in an age of state-led cyberwar, even if most of us aren’t aware of it.” – Google chief executive Eric Schmidt (1) It was recently announced that the Wall Street Journal and New York Times had been hacked by the Chinese. The reason behind the hacks was retribution for explosive articles outlining immense wealth of Chinese leaders written by those news agencies. It has also been said that the attack on the Times was committed by the Chinese military. (2) If true, then this means that the Chinese government has illegally broken into US property and stolen information. In the real world this would be akin to the People’s Liberation Army soldiers breaking into the offices of US New Agencies. While the fact that a country such as China would use governmental resources to hack private US business is bold enough, it pales in comparison to any state-sponsored attacks on strategic US resources which could result in catastrophic failure. Unfortunately, the groundwork for such attacks may have already been laid. Such attacks could be considered an act of war depending on their scope. The US has said that hostile acts in cyberspace would be “..treated as any other hostile threat to our country”. (3) Furthermore, the Pentagon has stipulated that: “Needless to say, if any cyber-attack is directed at the U.S. –rather than by the U.S.–it will be instantly depicted as an act of unparalleled aggression and evil: Terrorism. Just last year, the Pentagon decreed that any cyberattack on the U.S. would be deemed “an act of war.” (3)
The communists in Beijing only allow 34 US films per year to be viewed in China. Setting aside the fact that this limitation is in violation of an agreement that China signed upon entering the WTO over a decade ago, these limitations also put undue pressure on American filmmakers. These producers must bend to the whims of the party in order to show films in China. In other words, they must cater to the needs of Chinese censors. In China this means pacifying Cai Fuchao whose claim to fame was to shutdown websites with a band of 10,000 vigilantes and roundup over one million books that the Beijing found offensive. (1) Cai is perched atop the 37 member board charged with guiding the morals of the Chinese people and wields a big stick. Ironically it is Cai and others who will have the final say on how we Americans will enjoy our movies. I am sure that this is the person most qualified to screen films made in America and to ensure that they meet with the high moral standards as exhibited by China’s ruling elite – this comment is dripping with sarcasm. Don’t get me wrong, I think that some American movies push the limit of taste with sex and violence, but do we really want the atheists from the communist party of China to be our “spiritual directors”? Call me a cynic, but that is not a leap of faith that I can make. Aside from having the Chinese sit in on our movie screenings, they also employ more devious measures to ensure compliance. The Chinese do not hesitate to employ “movie set snitches” whose job it is to make sure those foreigners are not getting too “uppity”. Robert Cain asserts that an attempt at ad-libbing in a [...]
“Contents of books and films released within China are still determined by the wits of a secret and obscure censor body, whose heads seem to take pleasure [in] the routine banning of any work that may challenge the ideological hegemony of the Chinese Communist Party or the alleged moral rectitude of Chinese people.” (1) Let’s all sing….God bless America, land of the free… Oh, wait a minute! What’s that? What the heck? Is that a member of the Chinese Communist Party violating free speech by censoring an American movie in America before it can be released? Imagine this, you live in a land that stands for truth, justice and the American way. As a child you pledged allegiance to the flag and all the values it engendered. Chief among those are freedom of religion, governance and most of all freedom of speech. These are the values that we as Americans are brought up to believe in and hold true. That was then, and this is now, and something has changed for the worse. While our government was busy naming off those axis of evil countries which represented values America would never tolerate, it conveniently forgot to name countries such as Saudi Arabia and China.
Last year was anything but a banner year for China. Stories of corrupt cadres fleeing from the Chinese mainland with looted wealth (1) coupled with the story of the homicidal tendencies of rising star Bo Xilai (2) and his wife (3) were splashed across Chinese media. The power of Bo, who was slated to be one of China’s next leaders, so shook the communist party that its once-in-a-decade leadership handover was delayed over one month and then completed rather unceremoniously. Beijing feared a revolt should Bo be treated too harshly. If anything, 2012 was definitely a year that China would like to forget. But what about 2013? Will China’s new leaders right the country that some netizens are calling “Corruptistan”? Is the new leader, Xi Jinping, ready to embrace market reforms bringing them into the fold of responsible nation states? And what of rights, religious freedom and the Internet? What does 2013 hold for them? Hold on to your hats and steady yourself for WC’s bold Chinese predictions for 2013. Bookmark this page and then return on January 1, 2014 and see just how the year has treated China versus what is being written here.
Given the aggressive nature of China’s history, one has to wonder why Beijing does not embrace religion. The answer is simple, the communists can control and redirect anger, but not love. By manipulating the people through “patriotic education” and anti-foreigner campaigns, Beijing maintains control of the most populous country on the planet. (1) What Beijing believes is that they have the firepower to suppress small-scale uprisings. Through a show of force the communists can keep the people at bay as they amass fortunes through corruption of all sorts and then plan their exit (2) from China (3). What they do not understand is religion and its underpinnings. It is this fear that paralyzes Beijing in all things religious. The communists also know that violent calls for a revolution would mean a return to the Mao’ist days of old. A Ghandi-like transition, however, would mean the death of the Mao’ist legacy and sound the death knell of communism. Beijing believes if violence breaks out it can suppress the masses with another Tianenman like event and then negotiate some type of settlement. But what can they do in the face of peace and love or the precepts of Buddhism?
Foreigners doing business in China may be surprised at how different it is than back home. There is not only government intervention/oversight to deal with but cultural differences as well. What many Americans consider to be acting in ‘good faith’ may be seen as naiveté when doing business in China. As a matter of fact, many Chinese businesses claim that Americans lack guile. To the Chinese, business is like war and everyone is expected to pursue their best interests no matter the cost. To many foreigners this makes the Chinese seem unethical and not trustworthy, especially after they have been stung. The allure of riches is so strong that China will continue to attract businesses pursuing their piece of the pie. Lining the shores of the Chinese mainland will be merchants waiting to engage these foreign concerns in commerce. Many of these merchants are honest people, and many not so. In the middle, lies a pack of traders waiting for foreigners lacking the requisite cunning to operate successfully in China. This is the story of two such companies.
What would you do if you knew that a man, the leader of a secretive organization with strong ties to some of the most dangerous (1) despotic (2) regimes on the planet (3) had landed on our shores? This man belongs to an organization that has admitted it is gearing up for war (4) and not long ago his people mourned the death of Osama Bin Laden (5), the arch enemy of your country. This man, for his part, has said that a war waged against your country in the not so distant past, was a “right” and that war to stop American ideals was honorable (6). This man’s world views were fomented while he grew up in a cave (7) during one of the most anarchic periods of the twentieth century, as he soon grew to a position of power. The group to which this man belongs is waging cyber warfare on the US to an extent that the Government considers its “… cyber-warfare would pose a genuine risk to the U.S. military in a conflict.” (8) In addition, his countrymen have infiltrated your corporations and even military, and are waging a war of espionage that are at “cold war levels” (9). As we speak, his forces gain strength, buoyed by cash, ignorance and an inept form of US governance.