Losing the New China
Epoch Times – August 21, 2006
Forward this article to all on your address book. If the major conscience-less and nation-less corporations are helping the Chinese government openly and getting paid for screwing over Chinese people, you can be sure that the very same conscience-less and nation-less corporations are also helping our government pound the nails in our coffins as well. I have seen a lot of changes over the past thirty (30) years in America. None of these changes are good and will not promise well for the future of America. We are rapidly slipping into the abyss of an - IRON-FIST POLICE-STATE -.
In 1998, Ethan Gutmann arrived in Beijing in search of the New China. Formerly the chief correspondent for a television documentary series, Gutmann rapidly made his way into the expatriate community of American entrepreneurs. In this well-catered equivalent of a commercial boot camp, newly arrived recruits were indoctrinated in the creed that China's growing strength presented untapped opportunities for profit and expansion. Motorola reps bragged of routinely bribing Chinese officials for market access; Asia Global Crossing executives burned through company expense accounts while racking up massive losses for the corporation; and PR consultants provided svelte Mongolian prostitutes and five-star hotel suites for delegations from the home office. In this fast lane, success was measured not only by market share, but also by the ability to pay off favors by lobbying for China's interests in Washington.
Writing from the ground zero of his daily experience, Gutmann shows how massive foreign investment generated prosperity - and also a feverish new nationalism, which surged into China's universities, the dot.coms, and the entrepreneurial centers. Beginning with the riots over the 1999 Belgrade embassy bombing, Gutmann witnessed an eruption of anti-Americanism and a spurning of democracy even as U.S. technology and communication companies began wholesale transfer of America's most sophisticated technologies to the Chinese market. With the full cooperation of companies such as Cisco, Sun Microsystems, and Yahoo!, Chinese authorities used American technology to monitor, sanitize, and ultimately isolate the Chinese web, creating the world's greatest Big Brother Internet.
Losing the New China tells an insider's story of American business in 21st-century Beijing. Filled with character and event, this book is a fascinating chronicle of the business and personal lives of strangers in a strange land. Readers will come away from this book understanding how and why U.S. corporations helped to replace the Goddess of Democracy that once stood in Tiananmen Square with the Gods of Mammon and Mars that dominate China today.
For the last several years, Ethan Gutmann worked in Beijing as a Senior Counselor for a leading public affairs firm in China. He also worked with Beijing Television as an Executive Producer for a US-Chinese talk show, while writing for such publications as the Asian Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and Investor's Business Daily.
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Definition Of Boycott:
Boycott, is an inherent right of the consuming public to come together in unity abstaining from using, buying, and or dealing with merchants of greed and perpetrators of destructive environmental, economic and political practices currently plaguing the humanity.
Boycott, is an instrument of gaining political grounds and objectives. Boycott, is an expression of non-violent and constructive means of protest to peacefully correct and replace the destructive environmental, economic and political practices with wide-range of all encompassing prospers policies and procedures.
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Definition Of Greed:
Greed is an excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs and deserves, especially with respect to material wealth possessions. Greed grows in the absence of moral and ethical awareness, moral and ethical aspects and implications of one's conduct, suppressing the urge in one to prefer doing right, over wrong. Many believe and attach to competition the stigma of selfish greed. Greed is extremely short sighted, to the point of blindness. Greed is criminal, unethical and highly destructive. Greed knows no limit whatsoever. Greed’s endless selfishness has brought humankind to the brink of self-annihilation.
Cooperation for survival instead of competition will stop greed in its tracks and bring humanity closer together out of the danger zone of self-annihilation.
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Interview with Author Ethan Gutmann
Author of Losing the New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire and Betrayal - Speaks candidly
By Jose Rivera - Epoch Times Chicago Staff - August 21, 2005
Ethan Gutmann was a featured speaker at the Mid-West U.S. Economic forum sponsored by The Epoch Times in Chicago on June 25th. His recent book Losing the New China: a Story of American Commerce, Desire and Betrayal is Gutmann's personal odyssey—a story of idealism, temptation, possible corruption, and redemption. He reports from the front lines about the dangerous turns taking place in the U.S. relations with China.
At the forum, Mr. Gutmann commented on the recent trend of U.S. technology companies altering its products and/or services to support the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) goal of controlling what information flows into and out of China, as a means of market growth. The results are limited access of information for Chinese citizens that we in the U.S. take for granted.
The following is an interview conducted just after the forum.
JR: Ethan, if U.S. companies are colluding with China, and profiting from violation of their basic human rights, what information do you have on the open source movement, and the hacker community inside China?
EG: I don't have a lot of information on that, and that is something I am actually interested in exploring in a future article. But let me be really honest, I am not sure I can get back into China to do it. And one of the problems for me in writing this book was the knowledge that to be truly honest, I may never get to go back home.
As for hackers in China, they have been bought off to a large degree. They are being used by the military, they have set up a special military division, that is basically going to be comprised of hackers, that are supposed to assault Taiwan, or us [the U.S.] should we get in the way, with a series of viruses that will be rolled out over time and cause economic havoc.
JR: Based on comments you made earlier about U.S. companies tailoring its products and services to the CCP, have you seen or gathered any evidence that the technology you mention is being brought back and used here in the U.S.?
EG: That is a question I used to discount as just a simple "How does this relate to the Patriot Act?" But the fact is, there is some information I have received that Cisco Inc. is using some form of PoliceNet (an integrated records management database for private information, from drivers license, to medical, to employment information, all linked and cross referenced to increase the governments ability to monitor its citizens.) in this country, although, clearly it is not the same PoliceNet that they are trying to sell in China. So we are not in the same situation here, but if the only way you can get interested in China or care about what is going on in China is the atrocity of American companies selling this kind of equipment to the Chinese Secret Police or imagining that it is a testing ground for something that is going to take place here, ok believe it— whatever it takes to get interested in this question. I don't think that it is very likely I think it is a way out scenario, but in today's world with terrorist attacks anything's possible.
JR: For those companies that we can identify, that do business with the Chinese Communist Party, and support the CCP's agenda's and philosophies in deceiving the people of China by separating them, and or segregating them from the larger world community by use of internet filters, and other electronic, or physical barriers to uncensored information getting into or out of China, what kind of resources do we [concerned citizens of any other country] have that we can use to discourage or dissuade these companies from continuing these practices?
EG: It's right there in front of us, we have seen the same thing with divestment in South Africa. It was extremely successful that a very small group of concerned citizens can make a massive difference very quickly. Divestment from colleges is another one, Boston Common Assets Management Agency a socially responsible management agency just launched a shareholder proposal against Cisco Inc. and that's a major development and very important as they can manage a lot of Cisco stock and it sets a very interesting precedent, because it is not an individual shareholder this is a real action.
And if politicians are feeling some heat, even the smallest amount of input makes a tremendous amount of output in this area as well. So, I do believe it is possible to make a difference.
The second thing is that people should be pushing for a positive result too. There is a Global Internet Freedom Act out there lost in committee. It was supposed to give 100 million toward reducing Internet censorship among those countries who make it a practice to do so. This came out of concerned people like me, and hackers and all sorts of people who are concerned about the situation with "Big Brother" Internet in China. 100 million is not chump change, it can do a lot to defeat Cisco firewalls [in China] and people should be pushing for that. Right now it's an obscure issue, and America is obsessed with terrorism, but hopefully the issue wheel is turning back and we are beginning to see China again.
JR: You mentioned earlier about the next "Tiananmen Square" and how during the original the Chinese Communist Party was to blame. With all the support that U.S. technology companies have been giving the CCP and its Secret Police to not only encourage, but support the "Big Brother" government that oversees everything the Chinese people do, what kind of technology do you think would offer the cutting edge against the CCP if the battlefield was the internet?
EG: The edge to this battle is not technology actually; it has a lot more to do with things like heart. The reason I believe the Nine Commentaries on the CCP has had such a reaction in China is because of Chapter six, [On How the Chinese Communist Party Destroyed Traditional Culture] where it talks about Chinese traditional values, because that is creating a structure for a post-Chinese communist party. It is one of the first things in a while to do that. Even the Tiananmen Square incident didn't do that as much, and as much as you have to respect everyone who sacrificed in Tiananmen Square, they didn't have that.
This is beginning to form the idea of some values that people can coalesce around and that is extremely important, and that combined with democracy is a successful blueprint. In conclusion, I think more than any of this technology fight, yes it's interesting, it's tactics, it's battle, it's worth doing, but the people who are writing Chapter six, the future is in their hands.
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