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Here’s one way of dealing with locals who may doubt Chinese companies’ good intentions:

Dragon’s Canadian Diplomacy: “shut up”

Prove China spy allegations or ’shut up,’ ambassador says
Zhang Junsai’s comments follow scathing U.S. intelligence committee report
[See, including “Comments”: “Huawei, Nortel and Dirty Work at the Network“]

Here’s another–a bit more, er, subtle (and insidious):

Chinese firm Huawei spends tens of thousands lobbying British politicians
A controversial Chinese company accused of posing a threat to US national security has been spending tens of thousands of pounds lobbying MPs and ministers.

A documentary from Channel Four’s Dispatches [this one, I think] lays bare the scale of lobbying on the British Government by Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications firm.

Huawei, which denies any link to the Chinese state or posing any security threat, is currently under investigation by an influential committee of MPs.

The documentary shows how Huawei has spent more than £90,000 over nearly two years on trips for MPs, as well as donations to parties and Parliamentary groups.

The sums include a £12,000 visit to visit Huawei’s research facilities in China for Mark Hendrick MP, chairman of the all-Party China group, and his wife in 2011.

Mr Hendrick also received two tickets worth £733 for the Italian super cup final at the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing last year.

Dispatches also discovered that Huawei gave a £50,000 donation to the all-party-Parliamentary Group on East Asian Business in April.

The company also helped to pay for visits by the group’s Conservative chairman Lord Wei to China last summer, as well as a visit to China by John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons’ Culture committee, and three other senior Conservative MPs…

The company has also recently appointed former chairman of Lib Dem party, Lord Clement-Jones to be a member of its international advisory board.

Recent Electoral Commission filings show that Huawei spent £18,000 sponsoring events at the Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences…

The US House intelligence committee has raised concerns suggesting that there should be national concern when Chinese telecoms companies “seek to control the market for sensitive equipment and infrastructure that could be used for spying and other malicious purposes” [lots more here].

Australia has also blocked Huawei from taking part in its multi–billion pound national broadband project…

Any investigative journos around in the Canadian media? To be fair one should note that political money is much less regulated in Britain than at the federal level in Canada–and that British backbench MPs are rather more significant than their Canadian counterparts.

Our government, for its part, earlier this year invoked a “national security exemption” against Huawei with regard to a federal network–see near end here:

Government Ups Cyber Security Game a Bit, Mum on Threat Countries

Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger

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