My latest article over at China Daily Mail!
Over the past few years, US politicians have expressed serious concerns that far too much sensitive information passes through the hands of companies and agencies located in China. In spite of that, the Pentagon – starved for satellite bandwidth – has decided to pay a Chinese satellite firm to help it communicate and share data with its forces overseas.
The $10 million dollar, one year lease which was recently signed with APT Satellite Holdings, will allow U.S. troops operating on the African continent to use the recently-launched Apstar-7 satellite to share information and communicate with each other.
The Apstar-7 is operated by Hong Kong-based APT Satellite Holdings Ltd, and one of that company’s largest shareholders is the state-controlled China Satellite Communication Company. In addition, the company counts the son of former Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao, as its chairman.
All of this indicates a strong connection between the…
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