Belgium — Chinese Espionage Is Clear and Present Danger [UPDATE : Huawei under Investigation]

“Unlike the Cold War, it’s about who is going to be the global leader – first with the biggest economy, and out of that will come political influence. But then secondarily – who is the most innovative economy and creating the industries of the future. Ultimately it’s an economic and technological competition.”

Michael Vickers — Former Head of Pentagon Intelligence (November 21 2018)

“Huawei shares with the Chinese state intimate and extensive knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems it is involved with.”

General Michael Hayden Former head of the U.S. National Security Agency

“Perhaps, the most puzzling part of the [Belgian Intelligence Services] report is what it does not mention. Although most countries are extremely concerned about China investments in their Telecom infrastructure, the Belgian report is silent on this issue. Why, on earth, why?”

Intel Today – November 30 2018

November 30 2018  — In their first report published since 2011, the VSSE — Belgian intelligence and security agency — raises the issue of Chinese espionage. Better late than never! Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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UPDATE (December 7 2018) — On the last day of November 2018, I told you that I could not understand the attitude of the Belgian intel services regarding the role of the Chinese telecom companies in the development of the 5G.

The first week of December has not been without surprises. On Monday, MI6 chief, Alex Younger expressed concerns over Chinese technology companies being involved in the UK’s communications infrastructure.

On the same day, Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei and the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, has been arrested in Vancouver, Canada.

The details of the charges against Ms Meng remain unknown after she sought a publication ban, which was granted by the Canadian judge. Her arrest was not revealed by the Canadian authorities until Wednesday.

I already told you that the Canadian Intelligence Services will almost certainly recommend a ban of both Huawei and ZTE to keep their telecommunication infrastructure protected from Chinese interference.

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Today (Dec. 7 2018), two Belgian Newspapers (L’Echo and De Tijd ) reveal that the Belgium Centre for Cybersecurity [CCB] is considering the possibility of banning Huawei from Belgium.

The CCB has requested, through both national and international channels, objective studies showing that the use of Huawei technology carries risks, before being able to send out detailed advice.

The spokesman for Huawei Belgium made the following statement.

“In and of itself, we have nothing against such an investigation.”

“There is not the least proof of any wrongdoing on our part. We are active in more than 140 countries and we are subject to local regulations in every one of them.”

“We have nothing to fear. We are working completely within the regulations in the sphere, which are particularly strict relating to network infrastructures.”

Also today, Japanese media reported that Japan is expected to ban government use of products made by Huawei and ZTE over cybersecurity concerns.

In continental Europe, the situation is fuzzy. Obviously, France and Germany should weigh soon on the issue.

There is no doubts whatsoever that both French and German Intel Agencies will recommend to keep Huawei out of their 5G telecom infrastructure.

Finally, I would suspect that the European Institutions — which are the main target of the Chinese espionage in Belgium — are pretty busy behind the scene. Stay tuned…

END of UPDATE

Established in 1830, the Belgian VSSE it is the oldest intelligence service in the world… except for the Vatican’s.

The report — published on November 30 2018 — states that Chinese intelligence activities against Belgian and European interests are very serious and “certainly not going to diminish.”

A Chinese spy was arrested in Belgium in April 2018 and extradited to the United States in October 2018.

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The VSSE reports that traditional Chinese intelligence services are engaged in intelligence activities in Belgium, using think tanks, media companies, and public enterprises.

The report argues that China is seeking to find out about the projects of the European Union and the relations between the Member States.

The VSSE agency recommends a better cooperation between the intelligence services of the European countries. As I said before, this is not going to happen.

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Perhaps, the most puzzling part of the report is what it does not mention. Although most countries are extremely concerned about China investments in their Telecom infrastructure, the Belgian report is silent on this issue. Why, on earth, why?

PS: “Clear and present danger” was a doctrine adopted by the Supreme Court of the United States to determine under what circumstances limits can be placed on First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, or assembly. The test was replaced in 1969 with Brandenburg v. Ohios “imminent lawless action” test.

REFERENCES

Belgium VSSE — Rapport d’activités 2017-2018

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Belgium — Chinese Espionage Is Clear and Present Danger

Belgium — Chinese Espionage Is Clear and Present Danger [UPDATE : Huawei under Investigation]

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