20 July, 2021

U.S. media: India’s message to the Taliban was "not read" and it also provoked dissatisfaction with the Afghan government

According to a recent report on the US "Foreign Policy" website, with the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the Indian government is worried that if the Taliban's power continues to expand, it may lead to the re-emergence of "jihadist" organizations that once clashed with India. For this reason, India recently began to "throw an olive branch" to the Taliban, but the other party has not responded.

Indian Prime Minister Modi (data map)

Indian experts believe that the civil war in Afghanistan may soon begin, and the Afghan government's control is limited to urban centers. According to reports, Russia, Iran, and China are all worried that Afghanistan will return to civil war after the withdrawal of US troops, causing a large-scale refugee crisis. However, these three countries have been in contact with the Taliban many years ago. If the Taliban regain power, their dialogue with the Taliban It unfolds nicely. But India has always insisted on opposing the Taliban and supporting the Afghan government and its allies.

According to the report, the Indian government is rushing to send reconciliation messages to the Taliban. The Taliban never responded to these messages, but the Afghan government responded by expressing its dissatisfaction and demanding more support from India.

Modi visited Afghanistan in April 2016 (data map)

A senior official of the Afghan government revealed that the United States has pledged to provide the Afghan government with US$4.5 billion annually, a large part of which will be used by the Afghan security forces, and will provide 29 Black Hawk fighter jets. According to reports, the Afghan government has not yet made demands on India, but it is very likely to require India to send troops to support it. The Afghan ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay (Farid Mamundzay) said recently: "If our relationship with the Taliban is deadlocked, then we will need Indian military assistance."

Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (data map)

The Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, stated that it is impossible for India to deploy troops in Afghanistan. "We have our own border to stand guard. Under the current circumstances, I don't think politicians and the public will accept (send troops)."

Fifty thousand people under surveillance? Is there a Chinese diplomat on the monitored list? Israeli spyware is in focus

An Israeli spyware "monitoring gate" that allegedly monitored more than 50,000 people around the world has become an international focus. The monitored objects are said to include heads of state, members of the royal family, ministers, corporate executives, journalists, etc., involving at least more than 50 countries and regions. The Indian media reported on the 20th that the list of spyware monitored included Chinese diplomats!

"Hindustan Times": It is reported that Chinese and Iranian diplomats are on the list of Pegasus (potential surveillance) personnel

The Hindustan Times quoted a report from the French Le Monde on the 20th, saying that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and dozens of diplomats stationed in India from China, Iran and other countries also got on the "Pegasus". Take a list of potential surveillance for spyware. According to reports, in addition to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, some other ambassadors to India have also appeared on the (monitoring) list as potential targets. "Dozens of diplomats in Delhi, including ambassadors, come from Iran, Afghanistan, China, Nepal and Saudi Arabia."

In addition, the "Hindustan Times" also quoted the "Washington Post" as saying that Harry Menon, the Indian director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and another foundation employee, and two US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Employees based in New Delhi are also on the potential monitoring list. The latest report from the Indian media stated that Rahul, the leader of the Indian opposition Congress Party, was also under surveillance.

The Hindustan Times stated that Indian officials or the missions of the countries mentioned in the report have not immediately responded to the matter. And Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan did not respond to a request for comment from the "Washington Post".

The United States and the West are targeting China to "fire", "cyber attacks" are in the global frying pan, and China launches a counterattack

[Southern + July 20th] According to domestic media reports, on July 19, local time, a senior US government official claimed that the Chinese national security agency used hackers to launch "malicious cyber attacks" on a global scale. Subsequently, the United States, the United Kingdom, NATO, and the European Union jointly issued a statement naming China and splashing dirty water on China, claiming to urge China to take measures to strictly restrict such activities.

U.S. and Western countries named China

According to the report, before the joint actions of these Western forces, a senior U.S. government official revealed to Reuters that the U.S. will file allegations with Britain, the European Union, Australia, Japan and other countries, claiming that China launched a "cyber attack." The US official also stated that the West is ready to "open up a new field to counter China."

According to the official website of the White House, in this joint statement issued by the United States and Western countries, China was exposed and criticized vigorously. The statement stated that China seriously threatened the economic and national security of the United States and its allies. It also falsely claimed that China has cultivated multiple intelligence agencies that hire hackers to conduct "malicious cyber activities" on a global scale. Not only that, the statement also spread rumors that Chinese hackers stole Ebola vaccine research and so on.

In this statement, the United Kingdom also claimed that China is responsible for a series of cyber attacks, including the attack on Microsoft's e-mail system earlier this year. British Foreign Secretary Raab also stated that they will continue to hold accountable until China stops the "cyber attack."

The European Union and NATO are also close behind. The European Union's high representative for foreign and security policy Borelli declared that China's purpose is to steal intellectual property rights, which has severely affected the EU's security, democracy, economy, and society as a whole. NATO even called in its statement that all countries affected by "cyber attacks" should unite, urge China to fulfill its international commitments and obligations, and maintain constructive dialogue with China in areas such as cyber threats.

China's intensive counterattack

In response to the groundless accusations made by the US and Western countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country resolutely launched an intensive counterattack. On July 20th, the Chinese Embassy in Norway, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and the missions to the European Union made a series of voices, launching a counterattack against Western rumors! In the course of the counterattack, the Chinese mission to the European Union even revealed a set of key data that pointed out the truth of the facts.

The Chinese Embassy in the United States stated that the Western allegations are malicious, unproven and irresponsible, and the Chinese government and related personnel have never engaged in cyber attacks or cyber theft. The embassy spokesperson pointed out that US institutions have been carrying out large-scale, organized cyber intrusions against foreign governments, companies, universities, and individuals, including their allies. China urges the US to immediately stop these "hacking" activities and stop illegal damage.

On the same day, the spokesperson of the Chinese mission to the European Union stated that, in fact, China is one of the main victims of cyber attacks. According to a report from China's National Internet Emergency Response Center, in 2020, a total of approximately 52,000 computer malicious program control servers located outside the country controlled approximately 5.31 million hosts in China. In terms of the number of hosts controlled in China, the top three control servers in the scale of control are all from NATO member states. We urge relevant countries to abide by the international norms of cyberspace and immediately take effective measures to investigate and deal with malicious cyber activities.

Competition in the network field

Reuters analysis pointed out that the United States seems to have ulterior motives in attracting these Western countries to issue a joint statement. Some internet experts said that in these statements, apart from the prosecution of four so-called "Chinese hackers," none of the others have had any substantial impact on China. Former Australian National Security Adviser McGibbon also said that the impact of this joint statement on China is minimal.

Some Japanese media believe that this coordinated action by the United States and Western countries marks a new stage in the competition between China and the United States. The United States is stepping up its efforts to isolate China in more areas. At the same time, this also highlights that the United States is wary of the development of China's Internet technology.

Some domestic experts said in an interview with the media that cyber security has become a key area of ​​competition between China and the United States and its allies. As the importance of information technology in the international community has increased, confrontation in this area has become particularly important. important. Therefore, the accusations of China and Russia by Western countries, led by the United States, have become increasingly fierce.

Published under Blog on 20 July, 2021.