Something does not smell right in all of this.
Saying that bin Laden has traveled to China numerous times to meet with officials there, Thomas contends that "almost certainly he talked to them about obtaining" material to build weapons of mass destruction.
China's President Jiang Zemin, adds Thomas, waited three days to contact Bush about the Sept. 11 attack and told the U.S. president that, vis-à-vis the war on terrorism, China would find itself in a "difficult situation, given our well-known position of opposing any interference in the internal affairs of any country."
Washington sources say that Bush "gritted his teeth and said he would push on without China," Thomas wrote.
The author also cites what he calls the "happy parties in the streets of Beijing" following the 9-11 attacks.
"They're selling videos there with commentary saying, 'America had it coming,'" said Thomas. "Their message is: 'America can be defeated.'"
China Reform Monitor
No. 450, May 28, 2002
American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, D.C.
CIA, DOD warn of China cyber attack on U.S.; Clinton paid $250,00 for half-hour speech in China
Editor: Al Santoli May 21
The CIA has issued an alert that China is preparing a new round of exploratory cyber attacks on American defense and civilian computer networks in the U.S. and Taiwan, reports the Asia Times. The Institute for Strategic Studies, run by the U.S. Army War College, has also released a classified report on the subject as an early warning to the Defense Department, warning U.S. diplomats and law-enforcement agencies to be vigilant for attempts by Chinese student hackers to spread computer viruses to sensitive government Internet sites some time in early summer.
Three years ago, Chinese anger spilled into cyberspace to protest the bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. Chinese hackers broke into the U.S. Department of Energy's website and replaced its homepage with a note written half in English, half in Chinese, which read: "We are Chinese hackers who take no cares about politics... You have owed Chinese people a bloody debt which you must pay for. We won't stop attacking until the war stops."
Only a year ago, a successful Chinese cyber knocked out the White House's website for almost four hours. In addition, Chinese hackers defaced more than 660 sites in the U.S., according to Michael Cheek of the security firm iDefense.
U.S. cyber technologies - including surveillance, encryption, firewalls, and even viruses - have been willingly transferred to Chinese entities over the past several years. U.S. companies like Network Associates (McAfee Anti Virus) and Symantec (Norton Anti Virus), for example, gained entry to China's market by voluntarily providing China's Public Security Bureau with more than 300 computer viral strains.
"The Chinese military views cyberwarfare as a way to overcome America's superiority," claims Toshi Yoshihara, a research fellow on security issues with the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis and a doctoral candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Two years ago, John Serabian, the CIA's information operations manger, revealed in written testimony presented to the Joint Economic Committee that the U.S. was indeed vulnerable to a major cyber attack from China's military - an assault which would be truly damaging interruptions to the national economy and infrastructure
There is little doubt that the present system allows American exports to endanger our security. A recent example is American transfers to Huawei Technologies, the Chinese company caught helping Iraq improve its air defenses by outfitting them with fibre optic equipment. The assistance to Iraq was not approved by the United Nations, and thus violated the international embargo.
The history of Huawei shows how American exports to China can wind up threatening our own armed forces. At about the time when this companys help to Iraq was revealed earlier this year, Motorola had an export license application pending for permission to teach Huawei how to build high-speed switching and routing equipment ideal for an air defense network. The equipment allows communications to be shuttled quickly across multiple transmission lines, increasing efficiency and reducing the risk from air attack.
Motorola is only the most recent example of American assistance. During the Clinton Administration, the Commerce Department allowed Huawei to buy high-performance computers worth $685,700 from Digital Equipment Corporation, worth $300,000 from IBM, worth $71,000 from Hewlett Packard and worth $38,200 from Sun Microsystems. In addition, Huawei got $500,000 worth of telecommunication equipment from Qualcomm.
Still other American firms have transferred technology to Huawei through joint operations. Last year, Lucent Technologies agreed to set up a new joint research laboratory with Huawei as a window for technical exchange in microelectronics. AT&T signed a series of contracts to optimize Huaweis products so that, according to a Huawei vice president, Huawei can become a serious global player. And IBM agreed to sell Huawei switches, chips and processing technology. According to a Huawei spokesman, collaborating with IBM will enable Huawei to...quickly deliver high-end telecommunications to our customers across the world. Did IBM know that one of these customers might be Saddam Hussein?
As a result of deals like these, Huaweis sales rocketed to $1.5 billion in 1999, to $2.65 billion in 2000, and are projected to reach $5 billion in 2001. These are extraordinary heights for a company that began in 1988 as a $1,000 start-up. Real growth did not begin until the mid-1990s, when American help started rolling in. Texas Instruments started its assistance in 1994, and by 1997 had set up laboratories to help Huawei train engineers and develop digital signal processing technologies. Also in 1997, Motorola and Huawei set up a joint laboratory to develop communication systems.
These exports no doubt make money for American companies, but they also threaten the lives of American pilots.