Jim Kouri
Will Obama bow to the demands of Chinese President?
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By Jim Kouri
January 19, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao — who also serves as general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party — is in Washingrton, DC today for a summit meeting with President Barack Obama.

Unfortunately, expectations are low for any agreements or even promises that will benefit the United States and the American people. It's difficult to apply pressure on anyone to whom you owe more than $900 billion even if they're a reasonable person. And the Chinese leader is not known for his reasonability.

Last week, in anticipation of Hu's visit to the White House, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that he was told by the Chinese leader that the maiden test-flight of the advanced fighter jet wasn't connected to his visit to the Chinese capital of Beijing. In a series of Internet postings, Chinese citizens were told that their nation successfully flew a J-20 stealth fighter jet that promises to rival anything that exists in the United States.

While the Obama White House desires stronger military contacts as one of the tangible gains it hopes to win from Chinese President Hu's visit to Washington next week, he is not expected to address the rampant Chinese espionage within the U.S. military and private-sector corporations such as Lockheed-Martin and Boeing.

"It would appear comical for the U.S. President to even try to pressure the Chinese when we owe them close to a Trillion Dollars and they are experiencing a boom economy while the U.S. economy is in turmoil," said political strategist Mike Baker.

"If anyone learns anything from this meeting between Obama and Hu, hopefully it will be that a weak economy will have an adverse effect on national security. The Chinese and Russians are developing their arsenals while Obama and the Democrats are looking to make cuts to the military not seen since President Bill Clinton's first term," Baker said.

The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain's MI5 suspect upwards of 15 foreign intelligence services are working within the UK and are a threat to the United Kingdom's interests, and the primary focus of their counterespionage efforts are the Chinese and Russians.

Using many of the same methods the Japanese used in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, the Chinese are interested in any and all information that may give them a leg up in the competitive global economy as well as increasing their military prowess.

In spite of repeated warnings to businesses, companies in the US and UK continue to hire Chinese workers without conducting thorough background investigations or verifying previous employment.

Chinese government officials and businessmen are proven aggressive in their attempts to find out everything about how Western companies operate and how they are structured. It is old-fashioned human intelligence gathering — it's thousands of years old and it works. Taking a page out of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," they believe intelligence operations will give them the victory they seek, whether in terms of military strength or industrial success.

Using tactics such as sending visiting delegations of Chinese businessmen, the spies are able to penetrate what little security companies employ to thwart theft of information.

One British firm eager to develop its business with China recently invited a delegation to visit its UK factory, according to The Guardian. The Chinese authorities sent a delegation, but only a few of them turned up. The rest were believed to have traveled around Britain inviting themselves to defense and research establishments. Again, they were able to penetrate the security measures in place at these facilities.

As with the 20th Century Japanese spies in the US, the 21st Century Chinese spies are interested mostly in scientific and high-tech developments. Their economy is said to be booming while at the same time there is a serious shortage in information technology and modern processing, manufacturing and design skills.

MI5 is also concerned over the loyalties of Chinese who are UK citizens or legal immigrants. Intelligence officers claim these workers may have mixed loyalties and strong ties to China.

The FBI is alarmed about the impact of foreign spies within the United States, especially Chinese operatives. As with businesses in the United Kingdom, American companies seem to pay little attention to corporate espionage, putting most of their security budget into protection against terrorist attacks.

The FBI are suspicious of Russia, Iran, and North Korea but have focused mostly on the Chinese. The feds estimate that the are over 2,600 Chinese front companies in the US.

US and UK security experts believe that when nations such as China and Russia saw the speed and effectiveness with which the US conducted the invasion of Iraq, they decided widespread espionage operations were necessary to keep up with the world's sole superpower.

© Jim Kouri

 

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