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    U.S. Hiring Hong Kong Co. to Scan Nukes
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    Friday March 24, 2006 12:46 AM

    By TED BRIDIS and JOHN SOLOMON - Associated Press Writers


    WASHINGTON (AP) - In the aftermath of the Dubai ports dispute, the Bush
    administration is hiring a Hong Kong conglomerate to help detect nuclear
    materials inside cargo passing through the Bahamas to the United States and
    elsewhere.

    The administration acknowledges the no-bid contract with Hutchison Whampoa
    Ltd. represents the first time a foreign company will be involved in running
    a sophisticated U.S. radiation detector at an overseas port without American
    customs agents present.

    Freeport in the Bahamas is 65 miles from the U.S. coast, where cargo would be
    likely to be inspected again. The contract is currently being finalized.

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    While President Bush recently reassured Congress that foreigners would not
    manage security at U.S. ports, the Hutchison deal in the Bahamas illustrates
    how the administration is relying on foreign companies at overseas ports to
    safeguard cargo headed to the United States.

    www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5707111,00.html
    • Tutaj to samo z innej perspektywy ,...

      uklony

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      Chinese Warlords 1, Bush 0 - U.S. Hiring Hong Kong Firm to Scan Nukes
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      China Defeats U.S. National Security - Charles Smith - Thursday, March 23, 2006


      The upcoming visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao has sparked a "forgive and
      forget" attitude not seen before inside the White House and halls of Congress.
      Accordingly, the Bush administration quietly announced its first concession to
      China, to celebrate the visit.

      The quiet publication of a waiver in the Federal Register notes that China will
      not be held responsible for its continued proliferation of weapons. These
      weapons include sales of advanced Chinese cruise missile and ballistic missile
      technology to the mullahs of Iran.

      www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2006/3/22/202023.shtml
    • Już na pierwszy rzut oka pachnie dyrdymałami.
      O ile mi wiadomo Bahamas to odrebne, niezalezne państwo, prawda?
      W tym państwie jest port we Freeport, czyz tak nie jest?
      A kto prowadzi przeładunki we Freeport? Firma HPH Group która należy do
      konglomeratu Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.
      Jest rzecza zrozumiałą, ze HPH bedzie przeswietlac cargo przeladowuwane
      --
      " Never underestimate the power of stupid people"
      • przy własnym nabrzeżu.
        Sprawa jest niezwykle prosta. Albo bedziemy placic HPH za przeswietlanie albo
        nie bedzie przeswietlania.
        Cytowane przez ciebie wypoty pisane sa przez gó..arzy szukajacych sensacji w
        studzience kanalizacyjnej a nie reporterow z krwi i kosci.
        Juz dawno twierdziłem, ze dziennikarstwo upadlo uwiklane w polityczne przepychanki
        i kazdego dnia dostaje dowody na slusznosc mojej tezy.
        --
        " Never underestimate the power of stupid people"
      • Port na Bahamas nalezy do pana Li Ka Shing , to juz wygrzebalem , jutro mu sie
        przyjrze - Wyglada na to ze ciekawa postac - Dowody na powiazania z Peoples
        Army nie do podwazenia ,...

        Ide spac ,...

        uklony

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        Dubai Ports Deal Is Not a Threat
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        Charles R. Smith Monday, Feb. 27, 2006

        The recent major flap over the United Arab Emirates company Dubai Ports World
        is rapidly turning into a disaster for both Congress and the U.S. mainstream
        media.

        The pending deal where the U.A.E. company will run several American port
        operations has spun out of the realm of logic and into the world of conspiracy
        and gossip.

        The problem is that several politicians have come out in opposition to the deal
        because Dubai Ports is an "Arab" company. The Democrats in Congress have
        focused on the president and his support for the deal, playing on this racist
        theme in the hope of appearing tough on Muslim terrorists.

        The reality is that Dubai Ports has an excellent record of operating ports
        worldwide. The record shows that Dubai Ports appears to be far more interested
        in business and profits than in politics.

        They currently run ports in China, Korea, India and other hot spots around the
        world. Yet none of the host countries have come forward with complaints about
        lax security, terrorists or increased crime.


        Still, others oppose the deal because the United Arab Emirates is the home of
        some of the 9/11 terrorists.

        Unfortunately, that logic also falls apart when one notes that the 9/11
        terrorists used Germany for a base, passed through several Western nations and
        were at home here in the U.S. without so much as a peep from the American law
        enforcement community.

        Real Proof Needed

        I have opposed previous efforts by foreign firms to acquire U.S. ports,
        technology and corporate assets for sale. However, my opposition was rooted in
        documented proof, linking the companies in question to known national security
        threats.

        I have consistently opposed dealings with Hutchison Whampoa, a firm directly
        linked to the Chinese military. This opposition carried over to two
        administrations with efforts to sell the U.S. port at Long Beach, the Panama
        Canal ports and the proposed acquisition of communications firm Global Crossing
        by Hutchison Whampoa.


        Li Ka Shing owns the huge shipping firm Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. and the giant
        Far East investment firm Cheong Kong Holdings. Li was also a "member of the
        boards of directors of the China International Trust and Investment Corporation
        (CITIC)."

        CITIC is the bank of the Chinese army (People's Liberation Army, or PLA),
        providing financing for Chinese army weapons sales and Western technology
        purchases. CITIC is known to have set up Chinese arms front companies such as
        Poly Technologies.

        CITIC also owns a controlling interest in the Hong Kong-based Asia Satellite
        Telecom Co. Ltd., or AsiaSat. AsiaSat, a company founded in 1988, operates
        several communications satellites in the Far East bought from U.S.
        manufacturers such as Hughes.

        AsiaSat signed an exclusive deal with billionaire Li Ka Shing to carry his STAR
        television service – 54 channels of premium cable/satellite television. In
        addition to the direct TV broadcasts of STAR, AsiaSat satellites also regularly
        carry communications traffic for Chinese military units and Chinese military-
        owned companies.

        A 1996 report written by then U.S. Ambassador to China James Sasser noted that
        the Chinese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Chinese
        billionaire Li Ka Shing were both directly involved with the PLA in financing
        the communications networks for the Chinese army.

        The U.S. government was not the only entity aware of Li Ka Shing's close
        working relationship with the Chinese army. In 1997, the Rand Corporation wrote
        a secret report on the "Chinese Defense Industry" and it also included a
        section on billionaire Li Ka Shing.

        The Rand Corporation report highlights Li Ka Shing's direct connections to the
        Chinese military. According the Rand report, "Hutchison Whampoa of Hong Kong,
        controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka Shing, is also negotiating for PLA
        wireless system contracts, which would build upon his equity interest in
        [Chinese army] Poly-owned Yangpu Land Development Company, which is building
        infrastructure on China's Hainan Island."

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        O ile mi wiadomo Bahamas to odrebne, niezalezne państwo, prawda?
        W tym państwie jest port we Freeport, czyz tak nie jest?


        • Wiecej na temat powiazan pana Li Ka Shing ,...

          uklony

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          Airline Insecurity: Red Skies in Canada
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          Charles R. Smith - Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004


          There is a great deal of security concern over who is flying on foreign
          airliners bound for the United States. However, there seems to be little if any
          security concern over the ownership of foreign airlines. Victor Li, son of the
          famed Chinese billionaire Li Ka-shing, is poised to take control of Canada's
          flag airline, Air Canada, by plunking down more than a half billion dollars.
          Victor Li holds a dual Canadian-Chinese citizenship, which entitles him to buy
          as much as 31 percent of Air Canada and appoint five of Air Canada's board of
          directors.

          His offer has a great deal of appeal to the bankrupt airline. The restructuring
          deal gives $450 million in shares to Air Canada's creditors.

          Li's offer also cuts out Air Canada's other investors, leaving them only a
          fraction of a percent of the airline.

          The biggest problem with Victor Li is his close working and financial
          relationship with his father. The Li family was the subject of a massive
          Canadian intelligence and RCMP probe, Project Sidewinder. The final
          report, "Chinese Intelligence Services and Triads Financial Links in Canada,"
          concluded that Li Ka-shing is closely associated with the Chinese government.


          The fact is that Li Ka-shing is no ordinary billionaire. His company Hutchison
          Whampoa operates the two ports on the Panama Canal, the Pacific port of Balboa
          and the Atlantic port of Cristobal. Li Ka-shing's official bio from the Clinton
          White House states that the billionaire was convicted of insider trading in
          1984 but served no time in jail.

          According to recently declassified documents from the U.S. Commerce Department,
          Li Ka-shing is a very special man in Beijing, Washington and Hong Kong.

          "Li is reputed to have a close business relationship with key figures in
          Beijing and he has a number of real estate and infrastructure projects in the
          mainland. These close relationships were said to be key to his obtaining the
          prime site on Beijing's Wangfujing for his USD2 billion Oriental Plaza
          Project," states an August 1999 from the American Embassy in Hong Kong.

          Li Ka-shing paid $125 million to kidnappers to return his son Victor. According
          to reports, the kidnappers took two days to retrieve the large sum of money. Li
          reportedly also asked Chinese President Jiang Zemin to help capture the
          criminals. According to official U.S. documents, Li got his revenge and more.

          "Some have suggested that it was because of Li's mainland connections that the
          man behind the 1996 kidnapping of his son Victor was arrested last year in
          China and swiftly executed. Li is a leading member of Hong Kong's ethnic
          Chinese business elite, a tycoon who is no democrat. This fact is reflected in
          his recent claim that he canceled a HKD10 billion (USD1.3 billion) project
          because of the unfavorable business climate created by Hong Kong's politicized
          (more democratic) business climate."

          Li and the Chinese Army


          The United States is concerned about the Chinese billionaire's growing
          influence. To protect national security, the Bush administration recently sank
          a deal to sell the international communications firm Global Crossing to Li Ka-
          shing and Hutchison Whampoa.

          The fact is that Li Ka-shing has a long history of helping the Chinese military
          erect communications networks using U.S.-made equipment. For example, in 1989
          Li Ka-shing raised $120 million to buy a Hughes communications satellite for
          AsiaSat.

          AsiaSat is also a front company for the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
          According to Aviation Week and Space Technology, AsiaSat is part owned by the
          Chinese Army unit COSTIND or the Commission on Science, Technology and Industry
          for National Defense. The AsiaSat Hughes satellite regularly carries "military
          communications" traffic for PLA units and Chinese military owned companies.

          A 1996 report written by then U.S. Ambassador to China James Sasser alleges
          that the Chinese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Li Ka-shing
          were directly involved with the PLA in financing the communications networks
          for the Chinese army.

          The report also states that the PLA was directly involved in the so-
          called "civilian" Chinese fiber optic communication systems. Sasser's report
          noted that the PLA actively worked on a Ministry of Posts and
          Telecommunications (MPT) fiber optic network that the Clinton administration
          stated was "civil" for the House National Security Committee.

          "For example," wrote Sasser, "in laying long distance fiber optic lines for the
          MPT's telephones and digital data network, the PLA has provided soldiers to do
          much of the work. The PLA cadres are considered disciplined and hard working.
          Once the cable has been laid, the MPT typically allocates some of the bandwidth
          to the PLA."


          In 1997, the Rand Corp. wrote a secret report on the "Chinese Defense Industry"
          and included a section on Li Ka-shing and his business with the Chinese army.

          The Rand report was obtained in a successful federal lawsuit against the
          Commerce Department. The report highlights Li Ka-shing's direct connections to
          the Chinese military.

          According to Rand's report, "Hutchison Whampoa of Hong Kong, controlled by Hong
          Kong billionaire Li Ka Shing, is also negotiating for PLA wireless system
          contracts, which would build upon his equity interest in [Chinese army] Poly-
          owned Yangpu Land Development Company, which is building infrastructure on
          China's Hainan Island."

          U.S. Commerce Department documents show that law enforcement agencies were very
          concerned about Li Ka-shing's connections to the Triad gangs. A 1995 cable from
          the American Embassy in Nassau noted that Li Ka-shing had signed an agreement
          to build an $88 million container ship terminal in the Grand Bahamas.

          Curiously, for a harmless deal done by a Hong Kong tycoon, the copy list for
          the cable is addressed to several law enforcement agencies such as the Customs
          Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency. "Reftel describes U.S. agencies'
          security concerns about possible smuggling attempts through the terminal,"
          states the cable from the American Embassy. "Post will request via septel
          assistance in addressing these concerns while port development plans are still
          on the drawing board."

          In addition, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) refused to release criminal data
          on Li Ka-shing citing that to do so would "violate" the billionaire's right to
          privacy.

          'Threat' to Panama Canal

          One document on Li Ka-shing, previously discovered by Larry Klayman and
          Judicial Watch, a watchdog group in Washington, came from the U.S. Defense
          Department. According to an October 1999 "Intelligence Assessment", prepared by
          the U.S. military Southern Command, the Hong Kong billionaire is a "threat" to
          the Panama Canal.

          "Hutchison Whampoa's owner, Hong Kong tycoon, Li Ka-shing, has extensive
          business ties in Beijing and has compelling financial reasons to maintain a
          good relationship with China's leadership," states the 1999 assessment.

          "For example, Hutchison Whampoa could threaten to shift some business from
          Panama to its facilities in the Bahamas, thus giving the company additional
          leverage over the Panamanian government."

          "Hutchison's containerized shipping facilities in the Panama Canal, as well as
          the Bahamas, could provide a conduit for illegal shipments of technology or
          prohibited items from the west to the PRC, or facilitate the movement of arms
          and other prohibited items into the Americas," concluded the U.S. military
          intelligence report.


          Missiles Sent Airmail; Arming American Gangs


          In the 1980s Li
          • Missiles Sent Airmail; Arming American Gangs


            In the 1980s Li Ka-shing helped found China International Trust Investment Co.
            (CITIC) with the direct approval of Beijing. CITIC later would set up the
            Chinese army's front company Poly Technologies. Polytech has sold billions of
            dollars of Chinese arms around the world with financing provided by Li's CITIC.

            In 1996, CITIC and Polytechnologies were directly involved in the illicit
            shipment of 2,000 Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifles into California. The
            machine guns were to be sold to criminal gangs in American cities. Polytech
            officials were indicted in U.S. courts but never prosecuted because they fled
            the country.

            Yet, Li Ka-shing also has large investments in other, more legitimate
            enterprises, including airlines. Li's CITIC group owns a majority share of
            Dragoniar, an international airline based in Hong Kong.

            In 1996 Dragonair, then partly owned by the CITIC and Moctar Riady of Lippo
            Group, was fined for carrying a live air-to-air missile in the cargo hold of a
            L-1011 passenger airliner. The shipping company, China Electronics Import-
            Export Company or CEIEC mislabeled the missile as machine parts. The missile
            was discovered by Singapore officials who inspected the Dragonair L-1011's
            cargo hold by accident.

            The advanced Chinese copy of a Russian infrared homing "Archer" air-to-air
            missile was reportedly fully active and armed with an explosive warhead. U.S.
            intelligence officials stated openly in Aviation Week and Space Technology that
            they suspected the weapon was to be covertly upgraded in Israel using stolen
            U.S. missile technology.

            Red Air

            Clearly, the Li family has some real problems when it comes to national
            security issues. These problems cost the senior Li his share of Global
            Crossing. Yet our neighbors in Canada refuse to ask the same questions about
            Victor Li and his planned acquisition of their flag airline.

            However, if his purchase of Air Canada does go through as planned the air
            carrier might have to change its symbolic red maple leaf to a new pattern ... a
            large red star.

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