markwu Post time: 2019-5-11 22:32
It will still be an exercise in futility. One is no longer sanguine anything will come out of it:
I know. I think they are trying to establish a record here as to how many times you can dial a toll-free number to listen to an insult.
The logic is not there -- you go to negotiate with someone who's got a proven record that he can tear up agreements any time, mostly because he doesn't understand what he's reading -- the man is neither a lawyer or a politician. he's just a loud-mouthed merchant who pretends to know what he's talking about.
Lost your post again on correction of a minor error?
My solution is either neglect the minor faux pas or wait until the weekend is over.
The Chinese officials that should really watch their steps while visiting the U.S. on official or private businesses are the middle-echelon ones, and not the upper- or lower-rank officials.
High-level officials are always accompanied by their coterie of guards, assistants or spouses, so the chance for setting a trap for them are slim.
Lower-rank officials are not high-valued targets because they don't have access to top-level state secrets and their future values are still indeterminate.
Middle-echelon officials are the most susceptible to the "beauty trap" blackmail because not only are they high-value targets on the road to high officialdom (and will then have access to state secrets when they get there), they are also the ones who have the most to lose as a result of involvement in any sex scandal overseas.
That's why the Chinese government should give continuous training to middle-echelon officials who travel to the 5-eye nations especially the U.S. to alert them to the possibility of falling into such traps and what to do if they find themselves in such a predicament.
They should first be given assurance that they wouldn't be prosecuted or lose their present jobs if they report on such incidents. The only price to pay is that due to their own negligence despite continuous preventive measures on the part of the government, they will lose their security clearances.
Since the U.S. is officially treating China as a "competitor" -- a euphemism for "enemy" -- from now on every visit by a middle-echelon Chinese official before, during and after the visit has to be steadfastly scrutinized by the domestic security authorities.
Promises of getting these officials' kids into elite schools will lead to the most serious security breaches in the foreseeable future because of Chinese parents' emphasis on their kids' education, especially now that they have an unspoken market price -- up to $US 6.5 million to get into Stanford.
Wherever a market exists there will be deals.
Illegal telecom fraud cases have been in existence for decades now. Despite the severe punishment meted out to the perpetrators, you keep hearing day after day that such and such an international ring of fraudsters targeting Chinese investors has just been busted.
Because the stupendous enticements are still there.
That's why using the gambit of gaining entry for the Ah-So-So kids into elite U.S. schools to entice and recruit potential spies amongst middle-echelon Chinese officials traveling to the States on either official or private business is an open and festering wound that awaits sterilization and surgical closure by the government for security-breach reasons.
markwu Post time: 2019-5-12 17:19
One wonders how many of the NSA's antennas are pointing at the China consulate in Washington DC.
Although the long-term prospects are good for China, the short-term difficulties are many.
That John Bolton was an unemployed psychopath wandering the streets of New York when he was picked by Trump to be his NSA. The provocative warmonger was responsible for the attempted coup against Maduro, the legitimate Venezuelan president, and reputedly the one sending U.S. warships to Iran.
The implication is that once elected the U.S. president can recruit his entire staff from the New York State Lunatic Asylum.
Was John Bolton vetted by the FBI? I don't think so. I wonder how he slipped through their fingers.
Anytime you take a closer look at him, you'll see an apparition right out of a U.S. Civil War history book.