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China-backed telecom firm says won't spy on Philippines

By Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema

 

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FILE PHOTO: A woman shields herself from the sun as she walks past an office building of China Telecom, in Beijing, China August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

 

MANILA (Reuters) - A new Philippine telecoms firm with Chinese state investment on Thursday described as "truly misplaced" concerns that communications equipment it will install at military camps will be used for spying.

 

The Philippine government last week allowed DITO Telecommunity Corp, a joint venture between state-run China Telecom and a tycoon close to President Rodrigo Duterte, to erect towers on military land for its $5.15 billion entry into the market, which includes 5G technology.

 

The consortium was the only qualified bidder in a 2018 license auction that followed months of Duterte saying he had offered China a spot in the Philippines' telecom sector. China Telecom owns 40% of DITO.

 

But some lawmakers complain DITO could be a "Trojan Horse" for spying, including on a military allied with the United States.

 

"We are not at war with China so this concern about espionage and spying I feel is truly misplaced," Adel Tamano, a top DITO official, told a news conference.

 

DITO's equipment and devices are not a security risk, Tamano said, adding that it is investing heavily in cybersecurity.

 

No Chinese personnel will be allowed inside camps, he said, and a retired Philippine general and telecoms expert had been hired to ensure cybersecurity.

 

However, former Supreme Court judge Antonio Carpio, a staunch critic of Duterte's pro-China stance, in a newspaper column on Thursday said Beijing "would surely eavesdrop". Opposition lawmaker Risa Hontiveros wants a senate probe on DITO's military deal.

 

Like competitors Globe and PLDT, DITO also uses equipment from Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE.

 

DITO is 60% controlled by Duterte associate Dennis Uy, whose conglomerate Udenna is partnering in big projects with several other Chinese state firms in energy and construction.

 

Among those is a U.S.-blacklisted company involved in China's building of a missile-equipped artificial South China Sea island that the Philippines sees as a national security threat. Udenna has acknowledged its Chinese partner's involvement.

 

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Sad to watch the Philippines fall further into the orbit of China. I had hoped they would benefit as both Thailand and Vietnam increasingly crack down on Westerners.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Hayduke said:

 

The Chinese formula is really quite simple…

 

1- Identify resource-rich corrupt country suitable to be new colony.

2- Offer corrupt government boatloads of cash.

3- Have corrupt government sign away their country in return.

4- Allow new colony to 'pretend' it's still independent

4- Move in/take over new economic colony (no need to 'spy'...they now own the place).

 

It’s been working for years (ask Thailand)…why change anything?

 

 

Exactly, Hayduke!

 

China just copies and perfects an old und quite successful model the US invented decades ago. The US did the same in Latin America, by supporting coups and dictatorships there 50 years ago, or in Africa (Mobutu Sese Seko in Kongo), or Suharto in Indonesia. I recommend to read the books of John Perkins to learn more about is, e.g. Confessions of an Economic Hitman . John Perkins himself was in charge of doing this, he was the hitman.

 

Now, China is following this role model in many African countries, in Pakistan, and in many other Asian countries, especially in South-East Asia, particularly in Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and the Philippines.

 

China was strong in Malaysia while under PM Najib, but lost grip when Mahatir became Malaysian PM. Now, after Mahatir, China seems to take over the streering wheel again. One hint for this is the Covid policy of closed borders there, similar to Thailand, under the current Malaysian government.

 

This video shows exactly what happened in Malaysia and in the Philippines:

 

 

In Dutertes Philippines, already 40% of the electricity grid belong Chinese companies. China can switch-off the lights on the Philippines whenever the Philippinos not do what China wants them to do. China is so cheeky, they even write already on many Philippine products they sell in China already "Made in the Philippines, province of PRC".

 

Looking to Thailand with its contracts on Chinese subs, Chinese high-speed trains, and the little generals watch collection, it is quite obvious what happens here now. 

 

It's so cheap to buy a whole country, when you have corrupt friends in the government there. It costs only a few million dollars plus a handful of watches.  

 

Terrifying and disgusting!

 

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20 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

We are not at war with China so this concern about espionage and spying I feel is truly misplaced," Adel Tamano, a top DITO official, told a news conference.

Wrong.

 

China is at war with the whole world, they are just sly enough to move slowly. And guess what. It's working. 

 

China is the pot of heating water and the world is the frog. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Flying Saucage said:

Exactly, Hayduke!

 

China just copies and perfects an old und quite successful model the US invented decades ago. The US did the same in Latin America, by supporting coups and dictatorships there 50 years ago, or in Africa (Mobutu Sese Seko in Kongo), or Suharto in Indonesia. I recommend to read the books of John Perkins to learn more about is, e.g. Confessions of an Economic Hitman . John Perkins himself was in charge of doing this, he was the hitman.

 

Now, China is following this role model in many African countries, in Pakistan, and in many other Asian countries, especially in South-East Asia, particularly in Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and the Philippines.

 

China was strong in Malaysia while under PM Najib, but lost grip when Mahatir became Malaysian PM. Now, after Mahatir, China seems to take over the streering wheel again. One hint for this is the Covid policy of closed borders there, similar to Thailand, under the current Malaysian government.

 

This video shows exactly what happened in Malaysia and in the Philippines:

 

 

In Dutertes Philippines, already 40% of the electricity grid belong Chinese companies. China can switch-off the lights on the Philippines whenever the Philippinos not do what China wants them to do. China is so cheeky, they even write already on many Philippine products they sell in China already "Made in the Philippines, province of PRC".

 

Looking to Thailand with its contracts on Chinese subs, Chinese high-speed trains, and the little generals watch collection, it is quite obvious what happens here now. 

 

It's so cheap to buy a whole country, when you have corrupt friends in the government there. It costs only a few million dollars plus a handful of watches.  

 

Terrifying and disgusting!

 

Mahathir rose up in Malaysian politics for being very anti-Chinese. The Chinese that I'm referring to are the ethnic Chinese Malaysians, who dominate the economy. Many policies that discriminated against the ethic Chinese were implemented during his time but after years of trying to make the ethnic Malays get rid of their laziness, he became more friendly with the ethnic Chinese. He is not entirely, anti-China though. That's because he is also very anti-West.

He is very pro-Japan. In the 80's he instituted a "Look East" policy to emulate Japan's development models. Malaysia borrowed a lot of money from Japan during his time. Maybe he had forgotten that we were trapped in costly Japanese loans after the 1985 Plaza Accord because after he came back to power in 2018, he started borrowing from Japan again.
 

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35 minutes ago, RocketDog said:

Wrong.

 

China is at war with the whole world, they are just sly enough to move slowly. And guess what. It's working. 

 

China is the pot of heating water and the world is the frog. 

 

 

You don't plan for war by building infrastructure all over Eurasia and Africa. Only idiots believe that.

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