After China praised violence on Auckland University campus between pro-China and Hong Kong activists, Huawei have threatened NZ if we don’t allow their spy network to operate here…
Huawei NZ managing director Yanek Fan wrote to GCSB Minister Andrew Little and Communications Minister Kris Faafoi in early July to outline the potential consequences of a ban, the company confirmed.
The letter – which was leaked to NZME – said it would be “arbitrary and capricious” to single out Huawei when its competitors also have links to China.
Such an approach would have “a significant effect” on Huawei’s revenue, creating a “real risk” the company would have to leave the New Zealand market, the letter said.
…now of course we know that NZ is utterly compromised by American mass surveillance through our 5 Eyes relationship and that the GCSB alongside the NSA can read all our electronic communications unfettered by civil rights concerns but that doesn’t;t mean we should allow the largest Communist Totalitarian regime to gain that ability as well.
We are facing these threats at the same time Hong Kong is burning…
One of the world’s busiest airports cancelled all flights after thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters crowded into the main terminal.
Hong Kong International Airport said in a statement that Monday’s demonstration “seriously disrupted” airport operations.
In Beijing, the Cabinet’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office issued a statement saying the situation in Hong Kong was “beginning to show the sprouts of terrorism” and constituted an “existential threat” to the population of Hong Kong.
“One must take resolute action toward this violent criminality, showing no leniency or mercy,” said the statement, attributed to spokesman Yang Guang.
“Hong Kong has reached an inflection point where all those who are concerned about Hong Kong’s future must say ‘no,’ to law breakers and ‘no’ to those engaged in violence.”
…Professor Anne-Marie Brady notes how the local Chinese mouthpiece media are covering the issue…
…this matters because China has an enormous local population in NZ…
…I would imagine the numbers are far higher now. One fear is that China will use this population to start projecting their national interests either through protest on the streets or by infiltrating the National Party and dominate their political agenda. They’ve succeeded at the latter.
The Right have exploited Chinese immigration to prop up the speculative property bubble so the middle classes felt like millionaires and to enable the sale of cheap milk powder to China which has trapped our Dairy Industry with intensification debt while the Identity Politics Left attacked anyone criticising Chinese immigration as racist white supremacist xenophobes.
This lack of courage to make principled arguments against Chinese economic domination has led us to this combustable position.
If Hong Kong implodes, our Chinese Overlords will flex their muscles across the South Pacific. What will National and the Identity Politics Left say then?