Republican, Democratic Senators Join Forces to Keep Sanctions on Huawei – Bill Gertz

July 17, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday introduced legislation to codify in law an export control ban on the use of telecommunications products made by China’s Huawei Technologies Ltd, the government-linked telecommunications giant.

The planned legislation, along with a companion bill in the House, reflects growing bipartisan support for American policies designed to protect against aggressive Chinese cyber and economic espionage operations.

The bill would strengthen in federal law a recent presidential executive order banning the importation and use of Huawei telecommunications products and those from “adversary nations.”

The legislation also would prohibit the Commerce Department from removing Huawei from the entities list—a roster of banned companies that are required to obtain export licenses before U.S. products can be sold to them—without an act of Congress.

Source: Republican, Democratic Senators Join Forces to Keep Sanctions on Huawei

Silicon Valley Spy Case Links ZTE, PLA to Stolen US Technology – Bill Gertz

July 9, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

China’s major telecommunications firm ZTE was offered stolen American wireless technology used in filtering electronic signals from cell phones and military communications, according to court documents in a Chinese government-linked economic spy case.

A document in the trade secrets theft case of Tianjin University professor Zhang Hao states that Zhang in 2011 emailed a representative of ZTE, China’s second-largest telecommunications company and sent a PowerPoint slide containing proprietary information prosecutors say was stolen from the U.S. high-technology company Avago Technologies.

Zhang and five other Chinese nationals were indicted in April 2015 on charges of economic espionage and trade secrets theft involving Avago and another U.S. tech company, Skyworks Solutions, Inc. Avago, based in San Jose, was a leading designer, developer, and supplier of analog, digital, mixed-signal, and optoelectronics components using semiconductors.

Source: Silicon Valley Spy Case Links ZTE, PLA to Stolen US Technology

Trump Seeks to Add China to New Arms Treaty – Washington Free Beacon – Bill Gertz

June 3, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The Trump administration wants China included in arms control talks on extending the 2010 New START strategic arms treaty despite Beijing’s reluctance to engage in multilateral arms negotiations.

Senior administration officials on Wednesday outlined the new arms control approach by the president summarized as focusing on arms control a means to an end—and not the process itself—culminating in an agreement designed to enhance U.S. security.

Tim Morrison, White House National Security Council director for weapons of mass destruction, said the world has moved on from Cold War-style bilateral arms treaties that cover limited types of nuclear weapons and only certain ranges of missiles.

Source: Trump Seeks to Add China to New Arms Treaty

Chinese Video Urges War With U.S. – Bill Gertz

May 29, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Source: Chinese Video Urges War With U.S.

“Trump’s ‘outrageous and selfish’ strategy might work for smaller countries, but it will never work for China,” the video warns. “To quote a well-written article in the Global Times: If the Americans want to fight, we will fight them until the end! And we will fight until the Pacific Ocean splits into two!” Global Times is the Communist Party of China’s nationalistic and anti-U.S. news outlet.

China’s Communist Party-controlled media stepped up a war of words with the United States recently urging an escalation of the ongoing trade dispute into a full-scale conflict.

“China must be prepared to fight a protracted war,” states a four-minute, anti-American video posted five days ago on a Chinese video-sharing service.

Trump Hits Huawei With Export Controls – Bill Gertz

May 21, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

President Donald Trump indirectly targeted China’s Huawei Technologies with a presidential order signed last week blocking telecommunications companies linked to foreign adversaries from selling equipment to U.S. firms.

However, a more significant new policy was imposed by the Commerce Department, which added Huawei to a list of foreign companies hit with tough export controls that prevent American technology companies from selling goods to Huawei, which has been identified by U.S. intelligence as linked to the Chinese military and intelligence services.

“While the presidential order is important to signaling allies how serious the threat is, the real punch is putting Huawei on the entities list,” said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Rob Spalding, a former Trump White House official involved in telecommunications policy.

Source: Trump Hits Huawei With Export Controls

Chinese Laser Attack on U.S. Aircraft Left Out of Pentagon Report – Bill Gertz

May 6, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pentagon’s latest report on the Chinese military fails to mention a laser attack that damaged the eyes of American military aircrews near a Chinese military base in Africa last year in an apparent bid to preserve the controversial military exchange program with Beijing.

The annual report to Congress on military and security developments regarding China mentions a few provocative Chinese military actions, such as a Chinese warship’s near-collision with the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur in the South China Sea last year that defense officials said appeared designed as a PLA navy ramming operation.

The report also notes the decision by the Pentagon to disinvite the PLA from sending naval forces to the Rim of the Pacific international naval exercises in response to China’s continued militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Source: Chinese Laser Attack on U.S. Aircraft Left Out of Pentagon Report

Prosecutor In Charge of Clinton Email Probe Criticizes Mueller – Washington Free Beacon – Bill Gertz

May 1, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The Justice Department’s senior counterspy prosecutor who worked on both the Hillary Clinton email probe and the initial Russian election meddling probe recently criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller for not completing his team’s investigation.

David H. Laufman, until recently chief of the counterintelligence and export control section of the Justice Department national security division, also defended the government prosecution of leakers, including the recent case of an anti-American former intelligence contractor who provided a top-secret document to a news outlet.

“I can’t substitute my judgement for that of Mueller’s team,” he said. “And I had to hand off my chapter of that [investigation] early on and so I’m not going to stand here and tell you whether I think the evidence does or doesn’t warrant actual charges. But I do think it was wrong of the special counsel’s office not to make the charging decision on obstruction—up or down.”

Source: Prosecutor In Charge of Clinton Email Probe Criticizes Mueller

U.S. Intelligence Institutionally Politicized Toward Democrats – Bill Gertz

April 18, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have become bastions of political liberals and the pro-Democratic Party views of intelligence personnel have increased under President Donald Trump, according to a journal article by a former CIA analyst.

John Gentry, who spent 12 years as a CIA analyst, criticized former senior intelligence leaders, including CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former deputy CIA director Michael Morell, along with former analyst Paul Pillar, for breaking decades-long prohibitions of publicly airing their liberal political views in attacking Trump.

The institutional bias outlined in a lengthy article in the quarterly International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence risks undermining the role of intelligence in support of government leaders charged with making policy decisions.

Source: U.S. Intelligence Institutionally Politicized Toward Democrats

Former DIA Officer Who Spied for China Hated Trump – Bill Gertz

March 20, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

A former Defense Intelligence Agency officer who spied for China worked secretly as a Beijing agent for five years and revealed in an intercepted phone call he was motivated in part by hatred for President Trump.

Ron Rockwell Hansen, a DIA operations officer until 2006, was arrested June 5 and pleaded guilty on Friday in Utah to attempting to sell national defense secrets to China. He faces 15 years in prison under a plea deal. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24.

Court documents in the case reveal Hansen was motivated by both money and an affinity for China. In seeking to recruit a DIA coworker as a fellow Chinese spy, he voiced fears that Trump would start a war and said that was a reason to cooperate secretly with several Chinese intelligence agencies or branches in providing information and trying to penetrate U.S. defense and intelligence agencies to obtain secrets.

Source: Former DIA Officer Who Spied for China Hated Trump

Senate Panel Seeks Reset of Policies Toward China – Bill Gertz

March 13, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is examining new policies aimed at dealing with the growing challenge from China, the committee’s chairman said Tuesday.

Sen. Jim Risch (R., Idaho) will preside over a hearing of the committee set for Wednesday that will examine how to adjust American foreign policies to address contentious issues toward China. They include Beijing’s military expansion in the South China Sea, China’s global Belt and Road Initiative infrastructure initiative, and its plan to corner key technology markets through the Made in China 2025 program.

Source: Senate Panel Seeks Reset of Policies Toward China

 Pompeo: U.S. Will Defend Philippines in S. China Sea – Washington Free Beacon – Bill Gertz

March 5, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new policy on the South China Sea last week declaring the United States will defend the Philippines from an attack by China over a years-long island dispute.

The policy shift was announced by Pompeo in Manila on Friday. The secretary told reporters China’s island-building threatened both U.S. and Philippine sovereignty, security, and economic livelihood.

“As the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,” Pompeo said after a meeting with Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin.

Source: Pompeo: U.S. Will Defend Philippines in S. China Sea

Growing ASAT Threat Behind New Space Force – Bill Gertz

February 21, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The growing threat to American satellites from Chinese and Russian anti-satellite weaponry was a key driver behind President Trump’s directive creating a new space military force.

Trump on Tuesday signed Space Policy Directive-4 ordering creation of a new U.S. Space Force to be a separate service within the Air Force —the military leader for national security space operations.

Source: Growing ASAT Threat Behind New Space Force

U.S. Bolstering Pacific Military Forces to Counter ‘Massive’ Beijing Buildup – Bill Gertz

February 13, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. military is adding forces and bases in Asia to counter a “massive” buildup of Chinese military forces and aggressive efforts by Beijing to expand Chinese communism, the commander of the Indo-Pacific Command told Congress on Tuesday.

Adm. Philip Davidson, the new Pacom commander, testified that China’s military buildup includes significant numbers of advanced missiles, aircraft, ships, submarines and nuclear forces and he called China “the greatest long-term threat to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

Source: U.S. Bolstering Pacific Military Forces to Counter ‘Massive’ Beijing Buildup

DNI: Beijing Set for ‘Ideological Battle’ with U.S. – Bill Gertz

January 30, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

After decades of asserting China posed little threat, senior U.S. intelligence leaders on Tuesday warned Congress Beijing now represents the most significant challenge to American security as China prepares for ideological war against the U.S.-led democratic system.

“While we were sleeping in the last decade and a half, China had a remarkable rise in capabilities that are stunning,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Major Chinese advances were the result of large-scale theft of American technology and other intellectual property, and inserting Chinese agents in U.S. laboratories to steal know-how for China. The theft ranged from automobile manufacturing to sophisticated software to military-related research and development information, Coats said.

Source: DNI: Beijing Set for ‘Ideological Battle’ with U.S.

Grand Juries in New York, Washington State Indict China’s Huawei – Bill Gertz

January 29, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Federal grand juries in New York and Washington state have indicted Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies and its subsidiaries for stealing robotics secrets from T-Mobile, and illegally doing business with Iran, Trump administration officials announced Monday.

A grand jury in New York charged that Huawei Technologies operated a front company in Iran, Skycom Tech Co., that illegally hid financial transactions involving tens of millions of dollars with Iran in a bid to avoid U.S. sanctions laws aimed at curbing financial dealings by the Islamist regime in Tehran.

Source: Grand Juries in New York, Washington State Indict China’s Huawei

New Senate Foreign Relations Chair to Focus on China – Washington Free Beacon – Bill Gertz

January 22, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

China’s technology theft and other unfair economic practices are one of several targets of activity for the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sen. Jim Risch (R., Idaho) took over the powerful foreign policy committee this month and said in an interview the panel plans to hold a hearing next month to examine America’s role in the world and the challenges it faces. Those challenges include China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and terrorism.

One priority will be moving ahead with a backlog of nominations for State Department and ambassadorial posts.

Source: New Senate Foreign Relations Chair to Focus on China

Huawei Technologies Linked to Chinese Communist Party – Bill Gertz

January 16, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The international battle over Huawei escalated last week when Polish authorities arrested two people, including a Huawei executive, and charged them with spying for China.

Huawei is controlled secretly by a faction within the Communist Party of China headed by former leader Jiang Zemin, and his son, Jiang Mianheng, president of the ShanghaiTech University. Jiang Mianheng is one of China’s most powerful technology leaders who has links to numerous companies, including Huawei, Guo said.

U.S. intelligence officials have said Huawei has worked on behalf of Chinese intelligence since at least 2014 when Huawei attempted to gain access to information at the National Security Agency through a U.S. defense contractor. It could not be learned if the attempt was successful.

Source: Huawei Technologies Linked to Chinese Communist Party

Military Logistics System Not Ready for War With China or Russia – Bill Gertz

January 9, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The strategic American military system for moving troops, weapons, and supplies over long distances has decayed significantly and needs rapid upgrading to be ready for any future war with China or Russia, according to a report by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board.

A special task force on survivable logistics evaluated the military’s current airlift, sealift, and prepositioned equipment and supplies and found major problems with supporting forces during a “high-end” conflict.

Source: Military Logistics System Not Ready for War With China or Russia

China Flight Tests New Submarine-Launched Missile – Bill Gertz

December 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

China carried out a flight test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last month that will carry multiple nuclear warheads capable of targeting most of the United States, according to American defense officials.

The launch in late November was the first time the Chinese military flight tested the Julong-3, or JL-3 missile that will be deployed with the next generation of ballistic missile submarines, said officials familiar with the test who said it appeared successful. Julong is Chinese for Big Wave.

The test was closely monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies that detected the launch with missile warning satellites.

Source: China Flight Tests New Submarine-Launched Missile

Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela

December 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Russia is deploying nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Venezuela this week as part of an increasingly provocative pattern of bomber training flights, according to American defense officials.

At least two Blackjacks will fly from a strategic forces air base in Russia to Venezuela as part of a series of training exercises that will include long-range refueling, said officials familiar with Russian plans for the flight.

The bomber foray to South America will be Russia’s seventh training flight for Blackjack bombers in the past three months.

Source: Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela

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