Strand Consult’s 13 Questions to the Chinese government

There is a critique of the People’s Republic of China and their trade and information communications technology practices. Strand Consult will submit the following questions to the People’s Republic of China to get the Chinese government’s view.

  1. What is the Chinese government’s policy for which entities have permission to build and run communications networks in China?
  2. Which entities design, build, and operate the infrastructure often referred to as “The Great Firewall of China” which blocks Chinese users access to websites inside and outside China that have been approved?
  3. Which entities design, build and operate China’s Social Credit System, the government scheme which measures each citizen’s economic and social reputation?
  4. Which entities design, build and operate “the world’s biggest camera surveillance network”, the set of hundreds of millions of closed CCTV cameras which monitor people in China?
  5. At Mobile World Congress, Huawei’s Deputy Chairman Gou Ping discussed spying by the US government. What is China’s policy about spying conducted by the Chinese government? Why is there no Chinese Edward Snowden, a person who exposed government surveillance by China? How does China treat whistleblowers, citizens of China who dare to criticize the government?
  6. How does the Chinese government work with Chinese ICT companies such as Huawei, ZTE, and Lenovo?
  7. Why must foreign companies surrender their intellectual property to the government when working in China?
  8. What is the market share of Western makers of network equipment in China?
  9. What is the Chinese government’s process to approve vendors and suppliers for wind turbines, aircraft, telecommunications infrastructure, and smartphones?
  10. How successful is China in realizing its China 2025 strategy? How does the government measure success?
  11. What kind of new intelligence has China gained from its 2017 National Intelligence Law, which compels Chinese citizens and companies to provide unmitigated intelligence both within China and outside of the company to the Chinese government?
  12. Many countries have a fear of the use of Chinese equipment for 5G given multiple reports from intelligence agencies. Does the Chinese government have the same fear in the case of equipment from the West?
  13. Many Chinese firms claim that they are immune to influence from the government, but how if the government gets to have seat on their board of directors, how is it that the government is not influencing corporate decisions.

Strand Consult believes in transparency and looks forward to the response from the Chinese government.