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Has modern technology put James Bond out of business?

Discussion in 'House of Debates' started by reedak, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. reedak

    reedak Well-Known Member

    May 1, 2014
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    1. There is a lot of American bXXXXXXt about alleged cybersecurity risks from the use of Chinese telecom equipment, particularly those of Huawei Technologies. The US claimed it received internal Huawei documentation from former Huawei employees showing that Huawei provides special network services to an entity the employees believe to be an elite cyber-warfare unit within the People’s Liberation Army.

    Taking advantage of its masterminded detention of the Huawei CFO in Canada, the US steps up pressure on all countries to strangle Huawei and other Chinese tech companies out of business. Actually, those countries are not naive or foolish enough to believe the US allegations, but they are forced to yield to US pressure under threats of sanctions and tariffs.

    The US and Russia (the ruling state of the defunct Soviet Union) were grandmaster players in the spy game during the Soviet era. How can the US lose to a rookie like China in the spy game? Has modern technology put James Bond and other spies out of business?

    2. As shown in the reasons below, the services of James and other spies are more important than ever. In fact, modern technology can't even put "The Art of War" of Sunzi (roughly 5th century BC) out of print or into the dustbin of history. It is still hailed today as a must reading in important military institutions of the world.

    (a) Sunzi listed five effective ways of intelligence and espionage in chapter 13 of his book. Of course, there was no modern technology such as the Internet in the time of Sunzi, but that does not diminish the importance of his military treatise today.

    The Department of the Army in the United States, through its Command and General Staff College, lists "The Art of War" as one example of a book that may be kept at a military unit's library. The book is listed on the Marine Corps Professional Reading Program (formerly known as the Commandant's Reading List). It is recommended reading for all United States Military Intelligence personnel.

    According to some authors, the strategy of deception from "The Art of War" was studied and widely used by the KGB: "I will force the enemy to take our strength for weakness, and our weakness for strength, and thus will turn his strength into weakness". The book is widely cited by KGB officers in charge of disinformation operations in Vladimir Volkoff's novel Le Montage.

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_War

    (b) If modern technology such as hacking and satellite surveillance is efficient for intelligence gathering and espionage, there is no need for the US to repeatedly call for more transparency from China on its military spending. The US can simply use the iPhone and other US electronic equipment to get all the required information from China.

    (c) The US military had refrained from any contact with its Chinese counterpart until the successful sea trials of the first Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. After a US request, former US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel toured China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, at Yuchi naval base in April 2014. The tour which lasted about two hours was, of course, more efficient than thousands of hacking or alleged Huawei spying. Nothing was more valuable to US intelligence gathering and espionage than giving its defence chief a chance to see and touch with his own eyes and hands in the US so-called "military cooperation" with China.

    (d) In October 21, 2015, China hosted a visit to its sole aircraft carrier by senior US Navy officers. The delegation of 27 commanders and captains boarded the Liaoning and held discussions on "exercise management, personnel training, medical protection and strategies in carrier development".

    Discussions? What discussions? Certainly not telling or listening to fairy tales? Those discussions are reminiscent of the detailed questions about the robot and information about proprietary technology repeatedly asked by Huawei employees, as alleged by T-Mobile in a lawsuit.

    It is interesting to note that the two eyes and two hands of the US defence chief were insufficient to do a good job that required 27 more pairs of eyes and hands.

    (e) The visit to the aircraft carrier was followed by a visit to the Chinese navy's submarine academy, where further dialogues were held. Again what dialogues? The senior US Navy officers definitely would not ask detailed questions about the weather and the deep blue sea. And lastly, what did they carry out of those visits?

    (f) Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday (18 January) said President Trump revealed that she and other lawmakers would be making a trip to Afghanistan on a commercial flight, a revelation that made it too dangerous to go forward with the trip. Certainly no outsiders, not even the alleged "almighty" Huawei, could know the secret before its leakage by Donald Trump. What a joke!

    (g) The 2011 Wolf Amendment, motivated by security concerns, bans NASA scientists from working with Chinese citizens affiliated with a Chinese state enterprise or entity. The US has put technological obstacles to China's lunar exploration program and refused to issue visas to Chinese experts.

    Not until China showed tremendous advance in its moon mission did the US show any interest in "space collaboration" with China. At an astronautical conference in Germany last year, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he talked to his Chinese counterpart about expanding cooperation. It was reported on Monday (14 January) that China has shared data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon.

    If the so-called "space collaboration" with NASA were to go ahead, what's more valuable to US intelligence gathering and espionage than having its astronauts and equipment on board a Chinese spacecraft to monitor the Chinese space program?








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