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Wikileaks and China

December 3, 2010

This Wikileaks fiasco has been one of the most fascinating news stories I have read in a while. I almost wish I was unemployed, so I could take the time to read all of the articles. First, a quick summary for the uninitiated.

  • A large ¡°cachet¡± of classified US government documents was leaked onto the website Wikileaks.
  • The documents expose a level of honesty never seen in political maneuvers available to the public.
  • An army intelligence analyst has been charged with leaking the information and faces a court-martial and long sentence if convicted.
  • Only a minuscule portion of the files have been supplied to the public through the Wikileaks website, but all the documents have been supplied to a handful of international news agencies.
  • Amazon has dropped the Wikileaks website from their servers.

The ever-complex Sino-American relationship was of course interesting to see commented on, especially with some of the wonderful (food) metaphors of Chinese:

The U.S.-China relationship was of crucial importance, said [Chinese diplomat] Dai. China would do its best to cooperate with the United States wherever possible. “If we expand the pie for the common interest, the pie will be larger and more delicious.” Together, the two sides should work collaboratively for the good of the world, especially since the two countries were “passengers in the same boat.” Dai urged careful management of the relationship and respect for each other’s core interests and concerns.

Then there is the revelation that the assertion that the Chinese government was behind the Google attacks.  Perhaps the US had officially asserted this before, and I missed it. Anyway, I am curious to know what the Chinese government thinks of this.

A global computer hacking effort: China¡¯s Politburo directed the intrusion into Google¡¯s computer systems in that country, a Chinese contact told the American Embassy in Beijing in January, one cable reported. The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government. They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said.

This “benign alliance” sounds very corrupt to me.

Thinking about an eventual collapse of North Korea: American and South Korean officials have discussed the prospects for a unified Korea, should the North¡¯s economic troubles and political transition lead the state to implode. The South Koreans even considered commercial inducements to China, according to the American ambassador to Seoul. She told Washington in February that South Korean officials believe that the right business deals would ¡°help salve¡± China¡¯s ¡°concerns about living with a reunified Korea¡± that is in a ¡°benign alliance¡± with the United States.

This event reminds me of the time not so long ago, when my dad was expressing to me the value of avoiding criticizing others through written electronic communication as it is so easily recorded and spread to those who may be offended.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Peter permalink
    December 7, 2010 06:10

    I don’t think the U.S. looks at it as a mutual pie. Are the Chinese so naive to think this, or do they have alterior motives?

    I thought the most interesting part about the wikileaks leak is actually how uninteresting most of these documents are. You’d think top secret information would be a bit more scandalous. Or at least that there is something going on behind the scenes other than bickering, backstabbing and positioning.

    Fuck politics.

    • Tim Quijano permalink*
      December 12, 2010 18:07

      I personally am not surprised that not all of the classified information is boring. The government is going to be more cautious than required with its reputation.

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