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China Hosts Vast Spy Network, Computer Invasion Force

March 28, 2009

A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded.

The New York Times

In a report to be issued this weekend, the researchers said that the system was being controlled from computers based almost exclusively in China, but that they could not say conclusively that the Chinese government was involved.

The researchers, who are based at the Munk Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto, had been asked by the office of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader whom China regularly denounces, to examine its computers for signs of malicious software, or malware.

Their sleuthing opened a window into a broader operation that, in less than two years, has infiltrated at least 1,295 computers in 103 countries, including many belonging to embassies, foreign ministries and other government offices, as well as the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan exile centers in India, Brussels, London and New York.

The leader of these Chinese hackers says there “is always a weakness” on networks that allows cyber break-ins. 

The researchers, who have a record of detecting computer espionage, said they believed that in addition to the spying on the Dalai Lama, the system, which they called GhostNet, was focused on the governments of South Asian and Southeast Asian countries.

Intelligence analysts say many governments, including those of China, Russia and the United States, and other parties use sophisticated computer programs to covertly gather information.

The newly reported spying operation is by far the largest to come to light in terms of countries affected.

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China boosts military, cyberwarfare capabilities

Chinese Hackers Routinely Attack U.S. Computers

Obama Uses Company That Refuses to Stand Up To China for On Line Town Hall

March 26, 2009

Nobody in the United States can probably ever again stand up to China: now that the Chinese virtually own America and the Obama Administration will add to what China owns and the money U.S. taxpayers give to China in debt and interest payments….

So today President Obama Himself added to Google’s world wide luster by using Google’s “Moderator” for his Internet on line town hall meeting.

Google should be ashamed, though, of how it has knuckled under to Chinese pressure and how Google refuses to admit that it is aiding and abetting China’s miserable and barbaric acts of human rights abuses….

Google CEO Eric Schmidt is an Obama buddy….

So the President of the United States can use Google to get his message out and when Tibetan protesters put a video on Google’s YouTube to get their message out and China blocks YouTube: the American media is silent….

Seems like America’s talk about human rights is just that: talk.

Obama shakes hands with Google's CEO Eric Schmidt.

Barack Obama and Google CEO Eric Schmidt shake hands.
Photo: AP

Google Moderator is White House Choice:

Google and Obama:


China boosts military, cyberwarfare capabilities

Chinese find opportunity in U.S. real-estate slump

 Pentagon: China Weapons Development Threatens Taiwan

 Most American Media Ignore Reasons Behind China-YouTube Debacle — BBC Has Stones

China Shuts Down YouTube After Video Shows China Police Killing Protester — Google Clueless

 U.S. Ability to Speak Out On Human Rights in China — Tougher Every Day

Inside China’s Fight Against Internet Addiction

China says Internet crackdown to be “long-lasting”

China Extends War on Free Speech Hidden by Fight Against Porn into Cell Phones

Chinese censor parts of Obama speech dealing with dissent, communism

 Internet Limits on Sex, Porn Used to Mask Limits on Freedom, Human Rights?

 Internet: Do You Really Believe China Cares About Porn, Public Morality?
“Unafraid” of Internet, China appears to block YouTube

Most American Media Ignore Reasons Behind China-YouTube Debacle — BBC Has Stones

March 25, 2009

China pulled the plug on YouTube: cutting off 300 million Chinese viewers.

The issue is one of free speech and international access.

But it is also about censorship and control.  A video of Chinese police beating a Tibetan protester to death is at the heart of China’s new action.

Most U.S. media have only reported that China pulled the YouTube plug.  Nothing more.

That is a crime on top of a crime — so as not to rile China we suspect.

This allows China to restrict freedom of speech and to violate norms of human rights everywhere else….



China’s move to block YouTube has been criticised by a leading advocacy group that promotes constitutional liberties in the digital age.

The Centre for Democracy and Technology told the BBC: “China’s actions fail to live up to international norms.”

The video sharing site has been off limits in China since Monday.

“China’s apparent blocking of YouTube is at odds with the rule of law and the right to freedom of expression,” said CDT president Leslie Harris.

“Anytime a country limits or takes down content online , it must be forthright and specific about its actions and do so only in narrowly defined circumstances consistent with international human rights and the rule of law,” stated Ms Harris.

Google, which owns YouTube, told the BBC that it had no idea why the Chinese government had taken this action.

“We don’t know the reason for the block and are working to restore access to users in China as quickly as possible,” said spokesperson Scott Rubin.


Earlier in the week, the BBC reported from Beijing that China cut off access to the website because it carried a video showing soldiers beating monks and other Tibetans.

The graphic video was released by Tibetan exiles and showed hundreds of uniformed Chinese troops swarming through a Tibetan monastery. It included footage of a group of troops beating a man with batons.

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China Shuts Down YouTube After Video Shows China Police Killing Protester — Google Clueless

March 24, 2009

A video that appears to show police fatally beating a Tibetan protester was a fake concocted by supporters of the Dalai Lama, China said Tuesday — the same day the video-sharing network YouTube said its service had been blocked in China.


The video has been posted on YouTube in recent days.

A spokesman for Google, which owns YouTube, said he couldn’t comment on the Chinese government‘s reason for the block.

“We are looking into it and working to ensure that the service is restored as soon as possible,” spokesman Scott Rubin said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

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Here’s part of the New York Times’ report:
“The instant speculation is that YouTube is being blocked because the Tibetan government in exile released a particular video,” said Xiao Qiang, adjunct professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and editor of China Digital Times, a news Web site that chronicles political and economic changes in China.

Mr. Xiao said that the blocking of YouTube fits in with an apparent effort by China to step up its censorship of the Internet in recent months. Mr. Xiao said he was not surprised that YouTube, which also hosts videos about the Tiananmen Square protests, whose 20th anniversary is coming up, and many other subjects that Chinese authorities find objectionable, is being targeted.

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 U.S. Ability to Speak Out On Human Rights in China — Tougher Every Day

Inside China’s Fight Against Internet Addiction

China says Internet crackdown to be “long-lasting”

China Extends War on Free Speech Hidden by Fight Against Porn into Cell Phones

Chinese censor parts of Obama speech dealing with dissent, communism

 Internet Limits on Sex, Porn Used to Mask Limits on Freedom, Human Rights?

 Internet: Do You Really Believe China Cares About Porn, Public Morality?
“Unafraid” of Internet, China appears to block YouTube

In this Tuesday March 10, 2009, file photo, Tibetan spiritual ... 
In this Tuesday March 10, 2009, file photo, Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, speaks to the media on the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule that sent him into exile, in Dharmsala, India. The South African government said Tuesday, March 24, 2009, that the Dalai Lama is not welcome until after the 2010 football World Cup, for fear tensions over Tibet would overshadow all other issues. Organizers said earlier that a peace conference scheduled in Johannesburg on Friday has been indefinitely postponed because the government had barred attendance by the Tibetan leader, who has clashed with China. Tibet’s government-in-exile said South Africa was acting under pressure from China, but South Africa’s government denied it. South Africa is China’s largest African trading partner.(AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia/file)

Where in the World Is Matt Lauer? In The Tank With Obama…

March 13, 2009

Where in the World Is Matt Lauer?  Easy: he’s holed up at the liberal bastion: NBC (National Barack Channel).

He won’t be travelling the world this spring because so many people in the world blame the U.S. for the global recession and even more are starting to worry that Barack Obama can’t make things better soon enough.

Matt can’t go to Rome: he’s pro-abortion and the Pope is there.  Matt can’t go to China, where 20 million migrants are out of jobs and the government fears “social unrest.”  Matt can’t go to Tibet: the Chinese will have a fit.  Even after Barack Obama gave up on human rights abuses in Chinese, their Premier said he’s worried about buying more U.S. Treasuries.  Matt can’t go to Britain: Obama “snubbed” their PM and the Brit media has taken up the Welcome Mat, Matt.

Matt can’t go to Japan after the Japanese got the feeling Obama was getting soft on North Korea.

Matt can’t go to Switzerland.  The Swiss are nervous after scores of new Yanks arrived to avoid paying higher taxes in the U.S. — and because congress wants Switzerland to allow them to find out who these Yanks are….

Matt can’t go to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or Pakistan — despite the fact that Obama loves them all, they are too dangerous; filled with guys the Obama Administration won’t name.

Hint: terrorists.

There just are too few places for poor Matt Lauer to go. 

Even Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the U.N. called the U.S. a “deadbeat nation.”

So the trip is cancelled.


Obama Backs-Off On Human Rights Issues: Economy is That Important

Obama Back Off, Japan Ready To Shoot Down North Korean Missile

 Fleeing Obama’s Taxes in Switzerland

 Pakistan: Circling The Drain?

Obama Throws Britain Under the Bus: Relationship “Reset” and “Regime Change”

Obama’s 52 Mistakes in 52 days:

Chinese PM Accosted by Protesters Over Tibet in London

February 1, 2009

China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao came face-to-face with Free Tibet protesters in London today, an incident bound to embarrass both China and the British government. 

Protesters carrying Tibetan flags chanted “China Murderers,” and “China Out of Tibet,” as Wen, on a three day trip to Britain, arrived at the embassy.

Human rights activists have been angry at Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown and China since before last summer’s Olympics.  Brown is under fore for not pressing China on the issue of Tibet.

China is seen by some as a violator of human rights in Tibet.

“Gordon Brown and other leaders failed to press the Chinese authorities to respect human rights ahead of the Olympics,” said Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK.
“The result was a Games that took place against a backdrop of repression. He must not miss this opportunity to speak up for the rights of people in China.”


Five protesters were arrested after trying to approach Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a Free Tibet group demonstration.

Several people vaulted barriers as he arrived outside the Chinese Embassy in London amid a noisy demonstration.


Supporters had greeted Mr Wen with dragon dancers and firecrackers as he visited as part of his UK tour.

Police arrest a pro-Tibet protester outside the Chinese embassy, ... 
Police arrest a pro-Tibet protester outside the Chinese embassy, during a visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, in central London February 1, 2009. The Chinese Premier arrived in London on Saturday in the latest leg of a European tour aimed at tackling the global financial and economic crisis and improving relations between the trading partners.REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN)

The Chinese Prime Minister had earlier met Tory leader David Cameron and shadow foreign secretary William Hague.

The focus of the meeting had been on the global financial downturn, with the UK and China both keen to boost their economic ties.

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A pro-Tibet protester runs past a police cordon outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

A pro-Tibet protester runs past a police cordon outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao passed our compensation money to earthquake survivors last week to start the Lunar New Year.  This photo was taken last year when he visited earthquake survivors.

Turkey Tells Obama: Redefine Terrorism; Bush Misunderestimated “Realities” of Middle East, Hezbollah Says

January 30, 2009

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that he doesn’t much like the definition of terrorism adopted after 9-11 by George W. Bush.

Erdogan, whose country has played a key role in trying to mediate among Israel and Syria and the Palestinians, said Obama’s new Mideast envoy, George Mitchell, will be in Turkey for talks Sunday.

“President Obama must redefine terror and terrorist organizations” and make a new policy for the Middle east and elsewhere.

When 9-11 happened and President Bush declared the “war on terror, many though israel immediately looked at palestinians as terrorists, Russia looked at Chechens the same way, China saw Tibetans as terrorist and so it went around the globe.

No maybe a re-alignment or new definitions are in order.

In his remarks toward President Obama and the U.S., most observers said the Turkish leader appeared to be referring to the US position toward Hamas and Hizbullah, which the United States considers terrorist organizations.

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Bush Accused of Trying to “Remake” Middle East; Misunderestimated “Realities”

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the administration of former President George W. Bush worked with its Arab allies to try and change the “realities” in Gaza before Barack Obama took office.

Nasrallah says Bush administration worked with its Arab allies to "change the realities" in Gaza.

Nasrallah says Bush administration worked with its Arab allies to “change the realities” in Gaza.

In a wide-ranging speech on Thursday marking “Freedom Day” — a celebration of the release of Hezbollah prisoners from Israeli custody — Nasrallah said the Bush administration worked with its Arab allies “in order to take advantage of the short time of Bush’s term and before (Barack) Obama takes office in order to change the realities” in Gaza.

There were no U.S. forces involved in the 22-day Israeli military operation in Gaza; the United States is a key supporter of Israel.

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China’s Tibet action sparks plea

January 29, 2009

The Tibetan government-in-exile has appealed to the international community to intervene in a Chinese security crackdown in Tibet’s capital.

Eighty-one people have been detained and nearly 6,000 questioned in the past 11 days, Chinese state media reported.


The Tibetan Daily said the campaign in Lhasa was targeting criminals.

But the leaders-in-exile say they are concerned that China’s “hardline policies” may lead to a repeat of last year’s deadly anti-Chinese riots.

The centre of Lhasa has been under heavy security since last March, after peaceful protests turned violent following a military crackdown.

China said at least 18 people were killed during the unrest. Independent rights groups say about 200 people were killed and at least 1,000 are still missing.

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Chinese paramilitary policemen patrol past the Potala Palace ... 
Chinese paramilitary policemen march past the Potala Palace in Lhasa. China has launched a clampdown in the Tibetan capital, investigating thousands of people and detaining dozens, ahead of the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising, a rights group has said.(AFP/File/Teh Eng Koon)

China Sees Threat in U.S. Arms Sales

January 20, 2009

The Chinese government announced Tuesday that the nation faces important threats in the form of independence movements related to Taiwan, Tibet and the western desert region of Xinjiang, and that American arms sales to Taiwan continue to jeopardize stability in Asia.

By Edward Wong
The New York Times
The announcement came in a white paper on national defense released Tuesday by the State Council, the Chinese equivalent of a cabinet. The paper said that “China’s security situation has improved steadily,” but that “being in a stage of economic and social transition, China is encountering many new circumstances and new issues in maintaining social stability.”

The 105-page paper, which includes tables on defense expenditures and other statistics, sought to portray China as a nation whose military power is to be used only for defense, and one that sees maintaining its territorial integrity as the top priority of national defense.

According to goals implied in the paper, China also seeks to act as a counterbalance to the American military presence in Asia. Several times in the first part of the paper, the authors pointed out worrisome aspects of American intervention in the region.

“The U.S. has increased its strategic attention to and input in the Asia-Pacific region, further consolidating its military alliances, adjusting its military deployment and enhancing its military capabilities,” the paper said.

Certain destabilizing factors outside China are growing, the paper added, singling out the fact that “the United States continues to sell arms to Taiwan,” which leads to “serious harm to Sino-U.S. relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.”

Last October, the Pentagon announced it was selling $6.5 billion of weaponry to Taiwan despite vehement protests from Beijing. The package included 30 Apache attack helicopters, 330 Patriot missiles and 32 Harpoon missiles that can be launched from submarines. The sale had been delayed for murky political reasons. The Taiwan Relations Act, passed in 1979, says the U.S. must provide arms of a defensive nature to Taiwan and act to protect Taiwan from any hostilities.

Above: Missile Destroyer Haikou 171 of the PLA Navy’s South China Sea Fleet.  She departed with two other Chinese warships on a mission to the Gulf of Aden near Somali on anti-pirate patrol on Friday.  Many in the West see this as a sign of renewed cooperation between China and other military powers.

In presenting the white paper on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said he hoped the administration of Barack Obama would build stronger military relations between the United States and China.

“At present, when China-U.S. military-to-military relations are faced with difficulties, we call on the U.S. Department of Defense to remove obstacles,” the spokesman, Sr. Col. Hu Changming, said at a news conference.

Taiwan remains the biggest source of potential military conflict between the two nations.

Although Taiwan enjoys de facto independence and is a thriving democracy, the Chinese government has long maintained that it will reunite Taiwan with the mainland, by force if necessary. Under Taiwan’s previous president, Chen Shui-bian, relations with the mainland grew extremely tense because Mr. Chen’s policies moved Taiwan closer to formal independence, prompting bellicose reactions from Beijing and Washington, which wants to avoid becoming involved in a war between China and Taiwan.

But following the election in Taiwan last year of Ma Ying-jeou, a member of the Kuomintang Party that fled the Communist takeover of China in 1949, the Taiwanese government has taken a more conciliatory approach toward the mainland. Mr. Chen was recently arrested on corruption charges.
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China to mark defeat of Tibetan rebellion

January 19, 2009

Tibet‘s Communist Party-controlled legislature has voted to create a holiday to mark China‘s defeat of a pro-independence uprising 50 years ago in the Himalayan region, calling it a day of liberation from feudalism, state media reported Monday.

By TINI TRAN, Associated Press Writer

The 382 legislators attending the session unanimously voted to designate March 28 as “Serf Liberation Day,” the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing Legqog, director of the Standing Committee of the Tibetan Autonomous Regional People’s Congress. Like many Tibetans, Legqog uses a single name.

The politically sensitive date marks the flight of Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, into exile in India as Chinese troops attacked in March 1959. On March 28 of that year, Beijing announced the dissolution of the Tibetan government and the establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region under Communist rule.

China says Tibet has always been part of its territory, while many Tibetans say their land was virtually independent for centuries.

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Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama speaks to the press ... 
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama speaks to the press at the EU Parliament in Brussels. China lacks the moral authority, including over the question of Tibet, to be a true superpower, the Dalai Lama said in December 2008 during a European tour that has angered Beijing.(AFP/John Thys)