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Hong Kong activist warns West to shun Chinese technology ties

EconomyAug 25, 2020 08:56AM ET
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ROME (Reuters) - Chinese businesses like Huawei Technologies Co pose a threat to the West, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law said on a visit to Italy on Tuesday, shortly before the Italian foreign minister was due to meet China's top diplomat.

Law, a former legislator, left Hong Kong last month after China imposed a new national security law on the territory that has been heavily criticised by the West.

Law spoke to reporters in Rome shortly before Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio was due to meet Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi, with the pair expected to discuss the roll out of new generation 5G technology in Italy.

Italy has not joined the United States in imposing restrictions on Huawei but the company was excluded from a recent Telecom Italia (MI:TLIT) tender to supply technology for a 5G network in Italy and Brazil.

Law urged Western governments to be highly cautious in their dealings with Beijing.

"The most powerful authoritarian regime in the world is posing a threat to democracies, including using measures of infiltration, including using the influence of their state enterprises like Huawei," he said.

"If infrastructure like telecommunications, harbours or even the nuclear industry are controlled or are owned by Chinese companies then it will impose serious danger to the country."

Huawei has denied allegations by the United States that it is a Trojan Horse for Chinese cyberspies and Beijing has criticised countries such as Britain and Australia, which have said they will shun the Chinese technology giant.

Di Maio and Wang were due to give a news conference at the end of their talks. Law called on Italy not to ignore what had happened in Hong Kong.

"My arrival and the message I'm bringing here is very clear: We need to address the human rights violations to China even if we're engaged with them and we have to be very aware of the infiltration and their authoritarian expansionist nature."

Hong Kong activist warns West to shun Chinese technology ties
 

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Star Boi
Star Boi Aug 25, 2020 1:36PM ET
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Float Huawei shares and allow all investors to buy a stake. The state government of China should divest itself from the limited corporation. If they did this, it would put to rest any fears. have them answerable to the markets and the laws of the respective lands in which they operate. Problem solved! If you can't or won't do this, then YOU CHINA, HAVE A PROBLEM.
Star Boi
Star Boi Aug 25, 2020 1:11PM ET
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Questions to the Chinese patriots who complain here: Sir please explain, why has the Chinese government not treated foreign companies in China with the same fairness and openness that other world governments have Chinese companies? Why so much control and restrictions? Why no level playing field? Today, they receive what they have dished out for the last 20+ years and now you complain. Sounds like sour grapes. Anyone who voices concern at the unfairness, the CCP cracks down on you, then punishes the companies and countries to silence them. Better the CCP choose another president, one that's a little less militant or hardliner. This goes way beyond communist ideology. It boils down to respect your friends and give the same you receive. CCP ideology is looking a lot more like religion every day.
John Klan
John Klan Aug 25, 2020 11:12AM ET
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But when President Trump tries to warn everyone he's just xenophobic or racist . Big dummies.
Star Boi
Star Boi Aug 25, 2020 10:05AM ET
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Machiavelli in the Prince said, be wary of the invaders from the north. Today, the communist CCP administration with their belt road initiative will take the road once travelled by Marco Polo right to Italy's door. This yellow brick road and fairy tale will not have a good ending for Italy or Oz. Debt diplomacy may have fooled some, but not everyone. Now the deals are being made in secret. So, what do they all have to hide? Motives perhaps? I'm no Tin Man, nor Scare Crow, I may be Lion, but I can assure you I have a big heart.
Ting P H
Ting P H Aug 25, 2020 9:52AM ET
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The US preach democracy and free economy. When they don't even dare face a little challenge from TikTok. In the name of security you sanction every nation in your path. Where is the Law and Order US preach? Shame on you.
Star Boi
Star Boi Aug 25, 2020 9:52AM ET
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Technology is obviously not your strong point, nor perhaps the history of certain Chi-Tec's or namely a Chinese Telco sitting on the main trunk next to the NYSE whose activities cannot be explained in the normal operations of a telco enterprise. The issue here is if China's ruling elites (CCP) distanced itself from interfering in the normal operations of China's companies, other countries and governments would not have cause for complaint. If the ruling party behaved in a like manner to other world governments, I know they would not complain. They, in fact, would welcome them. But they refuse to loosen their grip on the people and companies.
Paul John
Paul John Aug 25, 2020 9:10AM ET
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Yes Nathan you are right China has been stealing intellectual rights from companies all over the world and using it to advance their power and advancing their military. They must be stopped or they will soon control Asia and then all weaker countries. Italy and European countries don't fall for their lies and bribes or they will soon control you.
Star Boi
Star Boi Aug 25, 2020 9:05AM ET
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If only mainland Chinese had the backbone of the people of Hong Kong. I see grandmothers with more bravery and self-respect than some men in mainland China. Granted, it may be dangerous, but doing nothing or saying nothing about how the CCP has damaged the reputation of China around the world is far worse, let alone the destruction of true Chinese culture and values. The leadership of a country is meant to serve its people. Not have its people in slavery and servitude to principals and values that were never originally Chinese. They speak of imported values and beliefs, yet what do you think they espouse?
DOUG DANYLUK
CLASSIC1 Aug 25, 2020 8:23AM ET
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Honored to hear from Nathan Law. No surprise to see once again how the amazing power of focused and sharpened truth penetrates the dull opaque eyes of those who live in the lonely isolation of lies. Bravo Nathan Law !!!
Dietmar Stahl
Dietmar Stahl Aug 25, 2020 8:14AM ET
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Italy must make tough restrictions of who can buy property in Italy. Only Italian or EU citizen should be allowed to buy property in Italy. Home prices are ridiculously high.
LT LT
LT LT Aug 25, 2020 8:11AM ET
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Just remember this.   In the eyes of the West, you are Chinese and you will always be a Chinese no matter what you do.
Star Boi
Star Boi Aug 25, 2020 8:11AM ET
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Seriously? It wouldn't matter if you were a lizard. What counts is how you treat others and the beliefs you proselytize. If one accords respect to others and the sovereign rights of the land, then it should matter nought. This has nothing to do with the Chinese. I for one am tired of the CCP saying things like, "you offended the people of China." What rubbish. This is the standard MO, they use their people as a shield to protect their agenda. I have empathy for the Chinese people. None for the CCP.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Aug 25, 2020 8:11AM ET
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U sound racist.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Aug 25, 2020 8:11AM ET
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Most Han r racists. They think they r the king of all human races. U r one
JD Marshall
JD Marshall Aug 25, 2020 8:09AM ET
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oh you mean the tech all the Dems want here. it's amazing how there is nothing between a leftists ears
Kevin Han
Kevin Han Aug 25, 2020 8:01AM ET
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very brave
 
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