“Chinese companies… spy on us and steal our information!” [Comic]

If you have been following the news lately, you have probably heard how a US Congress panel decided to bar Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE from participating in the implementation of communication infrastructure in the United States on the grounds of national security because the American government feels China may bug equipment provided by Chinese companies. If you are one of those people that find the actions of the American government to be ridiculous, then you will enjoy the following comic. If you think the move is justified, then just close this page now because the comic below will just piss you off. Check it out:

You would what was the first thing that struck me after reading the comic? Most electronics are manufactured in China, e.g. the Macs the two woman are using in the above comic. If China wanted use its commercial companies to spy on Americans, wouldn’t it be easier for them to bug equipment that is being manufactured/assembled in China rather than risk exposure to its companies that operate outside the mainland? I’m not arguing for or against the ban on Chinese companies providing communication infrastructure for the USA. I’m just saying, either we ban all electronics from China or none at all; in the current form the ban just makes the government a hypocrite.

[via Joy of Tech]

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