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The US is about to Balkanise the internet

22 0 12

The United States is usually much better at manipulating global opinion than the crude propaganda of Chinese communists. But with its all-out campaign to decapitate China’s leading telecoms firm Huawei, it has become as brutish as the Chinese, if not worse.

US President Donald Trump is expected to issue a sweeping executive order to ban Chinese companies from selling telecoms network equipment in the US, claiming Beijing could exploit such technology to carry out cyberattacks and espionage. Huawei is an obvious target.

But where is the evidence? Here’s what Robert Hannigan – the former director of GCHQ, the British equivalent of America’s National Security Agency (NSA) – wrote about Huawei’s cyberspying activities – none.

“The key point here, obscured by the growing hysteria over Chinese tech, is that [the National Cyber Security........

© South China Morning Post