Australia, long known for its shoddy internet and cordial relations with post-capitalist reform China, has been undertaking a National Broadband Network plan in the last few years. This plan, aiming to patch up Australia’s reputation as the only first world country with second-rate telecommunications services, has been open to bidders vying for the contract.
Chinese technology company Huawei, founded by an ex-engineer from the People’s Liberation Army of the same country, has recently been banned from bidding for the contract. The reason? Intelligence operatives had given “strong advice” against it.
So what’s going on here? What purpose would having Huawei secure the contract serve? Would there be special systems designed into the networks to provide PRC hackers with easy methods of getting into networks? Or is it that Huawei has operatives inside it that seek to learn more about the structure of the Australian networks? Or is this just all blown out of proportion?
This event really highlights the strange relationship of the government of the People’s Republic of China and the corporations that originate from there. Is capitalism really the ideology of the day in China or is something more sinister afoot?