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FCC Doing ‘a top to bottom review of every’ Chinese Telecom Company In US, Says Commissioner Carr

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FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told The Sara Carter Show Monday that the Federal Communications Commission will proceed with the Department of Justice’s recommendation to fully investigate China Telecom Corp. over alleged espionage and is now conducting a top to bottom review of every single Chinese company operating in the United States telecommunications networks.

Amid concerns over Chinese failure to warn the world about the coronavirus pandemic, the DOJ on Thursday, issued a statement noting that interested “Executive Branch agencies unanimously recommended that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoke and terminate China Telecom (Americas) Corp.’s authorizations to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States.”

China Telecom, a U.S. subsidiary of a People’s Republic of China, is a state-owned telecommunications company of the communist government.

Carr said the Department of Justice’s recommendation that the FCC revoke the authority of China Telecom to connect to our telecommunications networks is currently being reviewed. He noted that years ago, under differing circumstances “China Telecom was authorized to connect to America’s telecom network.”

“What does that mean if you’re making a phone call or other data transmission from let’s say L.A. to D.C.? Well you may not know it but in that transmission path China Telecom could have a line in once that traffic hits the China Telecom line it has the potential to re-route that traffic back to China before then delivering it to D.C..”

“And we’ve seen some of that calls from L.A. go to China first then to D.C.,” Carr noted. “That’s not the most direct route. That gives us reason for concern and that’s why we’ve been taking concerted action at the FCC to stop new companies that are responding to the communist regime from connecting and why DOJ has recommended that we look at those companies that are already here.”

Last week, Carr took the Chinese government at their word stating to Chinese government spokesperson Hua Chunying on Twitter, that if the communist government has nothing to hide then he would like to speak with ‘disappeared citizen journalists’ and doctors from China who blew the whistle on the Chinese government and the Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.

The DOJ said Thursday that it led the review of China Telecom’s authorizations. It based the recommendations on developments since the authorizations were last transferred in 2007, including China Telecom’s failure to comply with the terms of an existing agreement with the Department, according to the statement. 

“Today, more than ever, the life of the nation and its people runs on our telecommunications networks,” said John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “The security of our government and professional communications, as well as of our most private data, depends on our use of trusted partners from nations that share our values and our aspirations for humanity. Today’s action is but our next step in ensuring the integrity of America’s telecommunications systems.”

When this reporter asked Carr “are you going to do it, do you think that you’re going to go right up on DOJ recommendations in an effort to squash China Telecom’s authorizations and work in the United States?”

Carr said, “we will certainly take up the recommendation and probably issue a show cause order here which would allow China Telecom some process to make their case -that’s why they think DOJ is wrong and then we’ll reach an ultimate decision very quickly.”

“I also think we should be reviewing and I’ve called for this and in some ways we’re already doing it a top to bottom review of every single company that could be controlled by the communist regime and where they should be continue to allow to connect to our network,” Carr added.

Carr stated that the Trump Administration has changed course from the approach taken by the Obama Biden administration, saying it was imperative that “we need to fundamentally rearrange our relationship with China.”

“You’re seeing it on the trade front you’re seeing on telecom with whether it’s China Telecom or Huawei or ZTE,” he told this reporter. “We are finally showing some strength whereas the prior approach was weak…And I think we have rightly shifted and I think COVID19 it is going to continue to turn us towards a stronger posture with China.”

During the podcast, Carr slammed China’s communist government’s response in covering up the coronavirus pandemic and its disappearing of many citizen journalists who warned early on about the severity of the virus. Looking ahead, he said that U.S. will need to fundamentally change our relationship with China.

“The Chinese people as we’ve been talking about have been most directly and most often brutalized by the communist regime,” said Carr.
Carr said the situation also exposes the heroes inside China that are confronting the Chinese communist government “that have been fighting back against that regime and it ties into my work at the FCC because we review companies that are ultimately owned and controlled by the communist government and whether they should be allowed to connect or continue to connect to the U.S. telecom network which carries all the traffic that is vital to our daily lives from economic activity to health to power grids.”
“The key question is their trustworthiness,” he said. “Do we trust that a company — if it is in fact controlled by the communist regime — to connect to our network and to carry our data if there’s anything that we’ve seen of the last couple of weeks with what China is willing to do to hide the truth and disappear its own people that really calls into question whether we should be trusting companies that have to respond to the regime.”

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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