Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Russia is NOT Isolated… Here’s China’s Take on America’s Hegemonist Boasts

00 Sergei Korsun. China and India. 14.08.14

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US President Barack Obama’s criticism of the upcoming PRC counterterrorism law is utterly groundless and another sign of the arrogance and hypocrisy of American foreign policy. Although the enactment of a Chinese law is our internal affair, Obama insisted that the measure, which would require technology firms to give Chinese authorities surveillance access to collect intelligence about terrorists, is “something they’re going to have to change if they’re to do business with the USA”. To begin with, the provisions have the sole purpose of acquiring more and better counterterrorism intelligence, as China faces severe threats from various domestic terrorists, for instance, the so-called “East Turkestan Liberation Organisation”. Nowadays, Terrorists use up-to-date modern technologies for communications and collaboration. It’s become a common practise in many Western countries, including the USA itself, to keep a close watch on the Internet and telecommunication networks for possible hints of terrorism and other criminal activities. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency both have access to the equipment of major American technology firms. In 2014, FBI Director James Comey publicly warned companies like Apple and Google against using encryption that law enforcement authorities couldn’t break.

Whilst defending the legitimacy and necessity of similar behaviours in his own country, Obama’s criticism of Chinese counterterrorism law obviously shows the selfishness and hypocrisy of American foreign policy. Secondly, the PRC will carry out surveillance of terrorism actions on internet equipment and telecommunication companies in China strictly in accordance with the law. With transparent procedures, China’s anti-terrorism campaign will be different from what the USA has done… letting surveillance authorities run amok and turn counterterrorism into paranoid espionage and peeping on civilians and allies. In fact, the same paranoid and narrow-mindedness, as demonstrated by the overreaction of Obama and his cabinet members to the provisions in the PRC anti-terrorism law, has also denied Chinese technology companies’ access to the American market. Contrary to American accusations, China’s anti-terror law puts no unfair regulatory pressures on foreign companies, because the provisions will apply to both domestic and foreign firms. Moreover, to win the global fight against terrorism, Obama and his government should treat China on equal terms and stop making foreign policies based on realpolitik and the short-term pursuit of its own unilateral interests. Less than three weeks after Obama held a “counterterrorism summit” in Washington and referred to terrorism as one of the greatest threats in this generation, the president has begun to slam the counter-terrorism efforts of another country, which makes people naturally question the real intentions of such accusations. China’s new counterterrorism law can help fight terrorism in a better and more effective way. Any setback of terrorists is a victory of all countries. The sooner Obama and his government understand this, the better will the world benefit.

4 March 2015

Xinhua

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/04/c_134036304.htm

Editor:

Russia is NOT isolated… in fact, the USA and its Western European/Anglosphere allies are becoming so. The Chinese and Russians have more patience than the Anglo greedster toddlers do. I’d bet on “Red”… as in Chinese/Russian socialism, and not on “black”… as in American/Evangelical nihilism. That’s my tip…

BMD

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