Sunday, September 30, 2007

Call to action: Huawei and 3Com

Just below this post is my open letter to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) on Huawei Technologies' attempt to partially buy out 3Com. To say this is a danger is a tremendous understatement. Irwin Stelzer (Weekly Standard) has all the details; for anyone wondering how troubling this is, keep in mind that Stelzer is an economist, and an avid free-trader to boot. Yet not only does he recognie the national security issues, he wisely has it trump everything else:
One can only hope that Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson reads up on his Adam Smith, no protectionist he. Smith warned that when national security is at stake, free trade takes a distant second place as a national priority. The great Scot is, as usual, as relevant to our day as he was when he wrote The Wealth of Nations 230 years ago.
Sadly, the great Scot is no longer with us, but we had a similar issue come up in 2003, when Li Ka-shing tried to buy out Global Crossing. We made our voices heard to the CFIUS, and within days, Li backed off. Whether or not the two were related is not known, but I figured it was worth a shot.

So, for those of you who are reading this from America, please join me in letting the CFIUS know how we feel. Feel free to copy the letter I sent, or tweak as you like, and send it to CFIUS Chief of Staff Gay Hartwell Sills. Just remember to be civil (or it won't be read), and stick to the facts, which are harrowing enough.

For those of you reading this from outside the United States, if you could, please ask your government to advise the U.S. against approving this deal. They don't need to make their concerns public (in fact, there's reason to believe tha would be counterproductive), but it is well known that the President listens to world leaders he considers his friends, which for now include, among others, Stephen Harper (Canada), Angela Merkel (Germany), and Nic Sarkozy (France).

To be honest, I didn't really expect to throw myself into an activist move like this, but this is too important for me - for us - to stay on the sidelines. This deal must be stopped.

Open letter to the CFIUS on Huawei Technologies' attempt to partially buy out 3Com

I sent the following letter to Ms. Gay Hartwell Sills, Staff Chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, asking the Committee to reject the Huawei Technologies-Bain Capital deal to buy out 3Com.
D.J. McGuire
China e-Lobby
Ms. Gay Hartwell Sills
Staff Chair
Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS")
Office of International Investment
Department of Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Room 4201 NY
Washington, DC 20220
Dear Ms. Sills,
As I'm sure you are aware, Huawei Technologies has just entered into an agreement with Bain Capital to acquire 3Com, a leading information technology firm that, among other things, helps the Department of Defense ward off cyber-attacks from hostile forces and nations. While Huawei will only acquire a minority stake, to have partial ownership of 3Com by a Communist-controlled corporation is dangerous, and Huawei, in particular, especially dangerous. I humbly ask that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States reject any acquisition of 3Com that involves Huawei.
Huawei Technologies is a danger to the United States not only because it is a company from Communist China - and thus under the control of the Party even if its ownership is ostensibly "private" - but also because it has been one of the leading enablers of terrorism on the planet. In 2001, Huawei was exposed as one of the Communist Chinese firms building an Iraqi fiber-optic network that would have enabled Saddam Hussein to integrate his air-defense system. The firm was also involved in building a telephone network for the Taliban in Afghanistan, while the terrorist group was sheltering and aiding Osama bin Laden.
Communist China itself has an ever more detailed history of aiding our enemies in the Global War on Terror - including Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, and al Qaeda - so Huawei's recent actions suggest not a deviation from Communist Party policy, but its fulfillment.
I'm sure Huawei will offer to accept constraints on what it can and cannot access from 3Com. However, the Communist regime and its corporations have a history of violating agreements and pledges, so any deal to which Huawei agrees is questionable, at best.
The reality is, Huawei's history disqualifies it from any role with a firm as sensitive as 3Com. For this reason, I do not believe any deal involving Huawei should be approved. Please reject any deal that involves Huawei.
Thank you for your time and attention in this matter.
Yours Truly,
D.J. McGuire
Co-founder and President: China e-Lobby

Thursday, September 27, 2007

America's worst enemies

Several times during the last weeks I've wanted to write about some of the 'bad news' that keeps showing up, but I just couldn't find the right words. It's hard to find a starting place when there so many issues. In fact, there is hardly room in a column to enumerate all the threats and challenges that we face as citizens of free nations who are supporting the cause of expanding liberty and human rights throughout the globe. And this time, I want to zoom in on America, which has long held a very important place in that cause.

A particularly ominous sign is the U.S. Dollar's downward slide. It's been the talk of the world for some time, even if it has become a topic in America only recently. Back when the trend was starting, I was shocked when I read that the administration actually welcomed a weaker dollar. America's overall strength for many years has benefited from the strength of its currency. If you haven't been keeping up with news of the dollar's plunge, it's time to have a look.

Militarily, there are new challenges all the time. (Although these may well be ignored by those who trust in the Post-Cold-War philosophy that all future warfare will be transformed to smaller-scale operations against rogue states and terrorists.) Losing satellites, facing mass cyber attacks, and dealing with EMP 'e-bombs' are just a few of the scenarios that are increasingly likely in a major war. America's Air Force, the initial enabler of almost all military missions, has had to make desperate adjustments to deal with lack of funding. We have about half of the new F-22 fighters that the Air Force believes it needs. Planes are being flown past their original lifespans. China is beefing up its Air Force, attempting to model it after the strong points of our own. For many months, like a broken record, we heard the J-10 compared to the F-16. Then, suddenly we found out that it was more like a Eurofighter. That looks like either the end of a successful disinformation campaign or a successful self-delusion campaign, and it probably helped the F-22's critics in their efforts to limit the program.

Socially and morally, America is challenged too. From the politically correct to the socialist to the greedy and the downright profane, we've been subjected to annoying, unhealthy, unproductive, and unwise experiments in media, institutions, business, and society. (Not that you'd get the busybodies and moneymakers in charge of those efforts to admit anything of the kind.) Politically, America is dangerously divided (remember the old wisdom of Divided We Fall?) and preparing to overreact to problems with a predictable pendulum swing that will bring about more problems. Also politically, we face the continuation of terrible policies with appeasement of major enemies to freedom and human rights. (Along with appeasement, politicians and officials are often deceived and sometimes bribed or blackmailed.) Culturally, America faces the problem of a widespread anti-Americanism throughout the world at precisely the time when it needs a global groundswell of friendship, understanding, support, and influence. And this is not such a profound mystery. To win hearts and minds, we don't need packaged PR campaigns. We need the real thing, in living color.

I could go on, but no matter what external threats may arise, you must understand that America's worst enemies aren't the Communists or the jihadists. No, the most terrible enemies are actually some of our fellow Americans—they are Americans in a great variety of types of influential positions who have done much to weaken our country in a multitude of ways: politically, economically, socially, culturally, morally, militarily.

A strong America can resist any enemy. It will be prepared and focused. A weak and misguided America may be able to bring about its own undoing without much help from its enemies—of which there are many. But they are all too willing to help. If the current trend continues, I believe there is a distinct possibility that America will face a war with one or more major adversaries (including China under the Communist Party) in the next decade or so, against the backdrop of the ongoing challenge of terrorism. The chances of major conflict will increase if America's problems and weaknesses increase. And considering the current interests of America's self-proclaimed and would-be adversaries, there may be nasty and difficult surprises in store if there is such a conflict.

If America commits suicide, or loses a great deal of strength and influence through senseless actions against itself, the Communists and the jihadists will be closer to winning by default. With their main obstacle, the former leader of the free world, out of the game they would have a chance at exercising power on an even greater scale. Considering what they've done so far, it's not a pretty scenario to contemplate.

America is an amazing nation, and if you are American, I ask you to wake up and try to help turn things around. Let's stand up to some of America's most dangerous enemies—the ones right here at home—and stop the damage they have been doing to our homes, communities, institutions, industries, cities, states, government, military, and nation. Let's stop the unwise choices, the destructive policies. Let's make this nation a strong and shining haven of freedom and good values, healthy and extremely well-defended. Let's look seriously at what we need to do to ensure the well-being and safety of our nation and foster the light of liberty throughout the world. Finally, don't allow wrong-headed people to chart the future for yourself and your children. (And believe me, there are some wrong-headed people who want to do the charting.) Get involved, and help chart it yourself.

I believe it's still not too late to turn things around; otherwise, it would hardly make sense to write this column. America still has great strength and great values within it, just like a great person who's starting to come down with a serious illness or becoming engaged in a harmful addiction. But I do not speak lightly. It would take huge effort, not without difficulty and some sacrifice, to put things right in this country to the point where I would not feel compelled to issue warnings about potential crises lurking around the corner. There may come a day when it's too late, but for now, it's a time of enormous and urgent opportunity for change. (And no, I don't mean the kind of predictable pendulum change that some have in mind. I mean healing and repairing the nation from the inside out and addressing myriad problems, many of which have been covered here in China e-Lobby news and commentary.) The picture is not completely dark by any means; there are always good accomplishments too, and the future could be more certainly bright with a big of work. With a comprehensively healthy and well-respected nation, the threat of major war would be reduced, and the lives of the citizens enriched.

I'm sure many Americans would scorn a message like the one I'm wrapping up in this paragraph. It's easy to laugh off any idea of serious doom and gloom and any call to reform, repent, revive, and restore. Nevertheless, this is my responsibility as a commentator on the forces in the world in our time. If I'm wrong about the level of danger, my call to action will have done no harm, and will have helped strengthen the nation in other ways. If I'm right, there may be big trouble ahead if there is no action now. People laughed at the idea of jihadists on 9/10, but no one here (in some other countries that was not the case) was laughing on 9/11. Unfortunately, America is a society that lives always in 9/10 mode: always ready for the last big thing, never expecting the next big thing. God bless America—and stir its people up to revive their nation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

China's Toxic Products: Recent News and a Brief Summer Roundup

The Big Lie is sometimes good for amusement:

China's farm products safe

BEIJING, Sept 24, 2007

The quality of Chinese farm products has being improving over the years, with more than 93 percent vegetables safe and 98 percent meat products up to standards, Gao Hongbin, vice minister of agriculture, said on Monday. "More than 93 percent of the vegetables are safe in terms of pesticide residue and more than 98 percent of meat products are up to scratch concerning the remains of clenobuterol hydrochloride," Gao said at a press conference.
Clenobuterol hydrochloride is a drug some farmers used to feed pigs to develop more muscles before selling them. It has been abolished due to side effects to human heart.

Back to reality:

The Chinese Communist Party Way of Dealing with Illegal Manufacturing Practices

China - Nation in grip of unrestrained greed

Fake diabetic kit alert

1 million cribs sold in U.S. recalled

NZ tests find formaldehyde in Chinese-made clothes

Hamleys pulls toys over lead fear

China Pays Steep Price As Textile Exports Boom

Throw-away toys, throw-away lives

Soylent Red - Tainted food from China

Some Baby Bibs Said to Contain Levels of Lead

The Next Big China Import: class action product liability law suits

Official Report Says Sub-standard Food Items Produced In China\ACQRTT200707041228RTTRADERUSEQUITY_0341.htm&

Warning over Chinese food imports

Shell Chemical plant struggling with substandard Chinese parts

Wider Sale Is Seen for Toothpaste Tainted in China - New York Times

Accident Raises Safety Concerns On Chinese Tires

In latest scare, China finds fake veterinary drugs

China shuts down 180 food factories

Monday, September 24, 2007

Correction of Link to Gao Zhisheng's Letter to the U.S. Congress

Correction of access link to letter:

BREAKING NEWS: Gao Zhisheng Seized by Chinese Police After Sending Letter to U.S. Congress

High-profile Human Rights Attorney Seized by Chinese Police After Sending Letter to U.S. Congress

Sept. 23, 2007—

Renowned Chinese rights lawyer Mr. Gao Zhisheng was taken from his home by police on Saturday, Sept. 22; his present whereabouts are unknown. It is believed that Mr. Gao's arrest is related to the 16-page letter he sent to the United States Congress last week expressing his deep concerns over the worsening deterioration of human rights in China ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

In his letter, Gao explains that China's promises to the IOC in 2001 were hollow and deceitful: "Under the name of securing the success of the Olympic Games, all kinds of evils have been committed openly, including forced evictions, illegal arrests and persecution of people who petition to the authorities, and the suppression of religious people.

It is plain as day to all Chinese people that, by successfully hosting the Olympic Games, the communist regime is trying to [appear as a] legal government despite all the tyranny and all the horrible crimes against humanity the Party has committed during the past decades, at the cost of at least 80 million Chinese lives."U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice- President of the European Parliament and ranking member of the EU Foreign Affairs Committee; and David Kilgour, former Secretary of State of Canada, Asia-Pacific, held a press conference in Washington, D.C., after receiving Gao's letter.

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen praised Gao as a voice for the "dislocated, the abandoned, and the oppressed." The 10-term Representative said the Chinese regime had passed up the opportunity to make the Olympics a time for greater openness. Instead, the regime sees the Olympics as "a mandate for further control and repression of the Chinese people."

Gao was arrested on Aug. 15, 2006, a few months after the U.S. Congress had unanimously passed a resolution supporting him. After his arrest, Gao was forbidden by the Chinese regime to communicate with the outside world. Gao decided to break the silence after seeing that the Chinese communist regime had not improved human rights in China, as promised to the International Olympics Committee, but instead, had intensified its persecution of the Chinese people, including rights advocates and religious believers.Gao was well aware of the danger such a letter might bring to him and his family, but he said, "Someone's got to do it."

For more information, contact: Dr. Sherry Zhang 1-415-845-5295 The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG)


Mr. Gao Zhisheng has been featured on the cover of The New York Times. He authored "A China More Just: My Fight as a Rights Lawyer in the World's Largest Communist State." He was named as one of China's top ten lawyers in 2001 and has worked for the gamut of China's vulnerable groups—coal miners, home-demolition victims, and house church members.While facing surveillance, house arrest, detention, interrogations, threats, and even attempts on his life, Gao managed to rally China's activists and legal community around the cause of human rights like no one before him. He has publicly renounced his Chinese Communist Party membership, along with 26 million other Chinese people.

Gao has dealt with many high-profile cases. He wrote open letters to the National People's Congress stating that the prison terms and fines imposed on Falun Gong practitioners are in complete violation of basic legal principles and contemporary legal norms. He revealed the suppression of Christian house churches, challenged corruption by local officials, and provided legal assistance to Chen Guangcheng, a blind rights advocate working on rural poverty, forced abortion, and forced sterilization.Gao is widely regarded as the "conscience of China" and "the symbol of China." He volunteered to be an investigator for CIPFG (the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong) despite the danger of carrying out such mission in China

Related Stories: Gao Zhisheng Urges Boycott of Olympics

Click on "pdf" at end of the following link to read Gao Zhisheng's letter to Congress:

Sunday, September 23, 2007

As I was saying before I was interrupted

The last time I posted here (June 7), I briefly explained why I needed to step back from the blogosphere and reassess things. That reassessment is still ongoing, but large parts of it have been completed, and I can now contemplate a reduced presence in the blogosphere.

With the arrival of CWF, I feel I no longer need to resume the News of the Day posts. In fact, my posts here will be far less frequent than at my catch-all political blog: the right-wing liberal (note to Canadian readers: that is not a reference to any political Liberal party in Canada, federal or provincial - not even in BC, where I would prefer someone bring back the old Socred Party, nor Quebec, where I support Mario Dumont's ADQ).

Still, the threat from Communist China has not gone away, nor will it escape my vision. I'll just be more analytical, and my posts will take the "long view."

So while I cannot be what I once was, I haven't gone away either.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

China and Ports of the World

China mega-port catalyst for NAFTA Superhighway:
North America about to be hit by tsunami of Far East goods

Here is some of what they admit to on the website of the largest company. Look over the site to get a more complete idea:

China's Massive Port Grab--Communists Positioning China To Dominate Trade in Americas:

An example of false friendship: “This is not just a trade office, it’s an exchange of trade representatives.”

Their ports and our naive port officials:

"The shipment led to what has been touted as the world's largest seizure of drug money and the arrest of Chinese-Mexican businessman Zhenli Ye Gon, who is accused in the United States and Mexico of supplying pseudoephedrine to Mexican cartels who then used the drug to make methamphetamines."

North Korea and Syria

North Korea--neither friend to the West, nor to its own people--is chummy with Syria:

The Countries' Officials Meet:

Israeli Raid on Syria:

Assasinations of Anti-Syrians in Lebanon:

A year-old analysis worth revisiting--China is in the background:

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

China's Cyber Attacks Exposed

Several western government have discovered that the CCP has hacked into their most sensitive computer systems. The question is: Why are these governments surprised?

China accused of hacking into heart of Merkel administration:

Chinese military hacked into Pentagon:

Germany, U.S., and now the UK.

French government falls prey to cyber-attacks "involving China":

China’s cyber army is preparing to march on America, says Pentagon:

Exposed Cyber Attacks Could Be the Tip of the Iceberg,2144,2779880,00.html

Chinese government at the center of five cyber attack claims

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Summer Roundup: CCP and the Clintons

China-e-Lobby has returned following a busy summer.

This week we'll post a roundup of articles from June 15th - September 15th, which will focus on a different issue each day.

Today' issue is the dangerous influence of the CCP on Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the hunt for one of their significant campaign contributors.

Don't miss this movie:

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At China-e-Lobby we consider the fate of the U.S. and Canada as one with respect to the machinations of Communist China.

The joint RCMP/CSIS Sidewinder project had identified a number of the players in the Chinagate scandal that unraveled later including some of the companies like CITIC and Polytechnologies which were involved in the smuggling of the AK 47s. Hsu Parallels: The current Hsu and Hillary Clinton donation scandal has many similarities to the Chinagate scandal

The China-Clinton Connection:





Charles R. Smith, Edward Timperlake and William Triplett 03.01.06

"What we saw in 1996 was similar," Mr. Triplett said. "Whenever the Clintons have money trouble, they turn to the Chinese and the Chinese don't let them down. Perhaps it is only a coincidence that both 1996 and 2008 are Years of the Rat in the Chinese calendar."

During the last Clinton campaign of 1996, the People's Liberation Army launched a massive campaign to buy influence in the Democratic Party and steer military hardware and technology Beijing's way.


Police search for fraudster dropped by Clinton camp


The Democratic fund-raiser is a fugitive again. The governor still has his contributions.

Fugitive fundraiser captured in Colorado tonight

Shadowy Money Trail of a Fugitive Fund-Raiser - New York Times

Donors in step with Hsu

Political contributions by three factory managers in a Pa. town closely track those of the two-time fugitive. In many cases, they have given like amounts at the same time to the same candidates across the nation, campaign records show.

Hsu and the Shrimp Boy

Peter Chow aka Shrimp Boy Enter the Dragon Head

The Saga of Hillary and Mr. Hsu

A Bundle of Trouble - You wouldn't want to be in Hsu's of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

The Current Crisis
The Clintons' Chop Suey Connection
By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
Published 9/6/2007 12:08:05 AM

A book recommendation for the history:

Year of the Rat: How Bill Clinton Compromised American Security
for Chinese Money