Taiwan must recognize the economic dangers posed by communist China, in addition to the military threat
By: Pingtung Ark 屏東方舟, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Some have said that Chinese telecom companies may put private data at risk, not only Huawei, but any Chinese smartphone manufacturer. This is why Taiwan and other nations have moved to block the use of products manufactured by Huawei, ZTE, Jin Hua, and other companies.
Any telecom product that features cloud service functions is capable of being used as a means of surveillance. Consumers should recognize that these capabilities are present and necessary on all telecom devices. Efficient design and service make such monitoring capabilities a necessary evil.
Therefore, the decision to block the use of such telecom products is not based on the monitoring capabilities of the devices alone. In fact, a decision to ban products from the likes of Huawei, ZTE, or other companies is broadly based on two other considerations. Namely, whether a company can be considered trustworthy or responsible, and whether or not there is an appropriate regulatory apparatus to monitor the conduct of that company.
Many nations throughout the world still suffer under totalitarian and autocratic regimes, which refuse others any opportunity for political power in society, keeping government in the hands of an elite coterie. In such societies dominated by oligarchy, the drive for economic gain and a tendency towards corruption are all but guaranteed, since there is no political interference in state affairs. [FULL STORY]