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SNS: A Look Down Under (China)

SNS: A Look Down Under (China)


In This Issue
Week of 05/07/2018
Vol. 23 Issue 17

A Look Down Under (China)

  • Thirty-Six Hours in Auckland
  • Innovation in Australia
  • China’s Role

Quotes of the Week

Takeout Window

  • NZ: All Space, No Weapons
  • A Few Pics from Down Under


  • The Apple Backstory
  • China Moves into Multiteam Cyber Attacks


“The last time I was in Australia, I found myself on television defending my friend and then–Prime Minister Julia Gillard from a wave of vicious media attacks launched by China and its many paid local proxies. At the request of ASIO, Australia’s national security agency, she (like the US) had decided to exclude known IP thief Huawei from building the nation’s communications backbone, the National Broadband Network (NBN). At that time, most conservatives who criticized her after the Monday morning announcement had reversed position by Friday night, when they realized that swapping quick money vs. national security was a traitor’s game.

Last week I had a chance to return to Oz, and to visit New Zealand briefly for the first time. This visit gave me an updated look at Australia’s science and technology innovation leaders, and some of their efforts; and the chance to talk with them, publicly and privately, about both innovation and China’s current influence programs. The experience was both exciting and concerning.

This time, I found my friend and current PM Malcolm Turnbull in the midst of a backlash against Chinese spying and attempts to censor and control what is said and done in the country. The struggle had moved from one of quiet denial and doubt a few years earlier into open confrontation.

This week’s SNS issue is a mirror of last week’s adventures: two countries, two subjects, two stories. And, for a variety of reasons that will become apparent as we go, I am going to tell the stories separately, starting on the business and innovation side and moving to China’s increasingly threatening role in the region….”

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