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American 'Anti-Terror' Spies Have No Place in China (China Daily, China)


Recently-published revelations revealing the presence of America's 'Special Collection Service' in cities across China and in Taiwan has resulted in this reaction from the state-run China Daily. The editorial calls the activities of the unit illegal and unnecessary, and certainly not aimed at reducing terrorism in China, which the newspaper suggests in reference to U.S. sympathy for persecuted Tibetans and Uyghurs, Washington actually supports.




November 1, 2013


People's Republic of China - China Daily - Original Article (English)

The Special Collections Service, a group within the Central Security Service agency, which has never been officially recognized. Its purpose: put eavesdropping equipment into hard to reach places.

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After the NSA eavesdropping scandal revealed that America's friends have been victimized, news that a U.S. spy unit called the "Special Collection Service" is operating on Chinese soil came as no surprise.


To many Americans, despite all official rhetoric about partnership, we in China are at best a potential rival, if not an enemy.


According to the German magazine Der Spiegel, SCS cells operate in five Chinese cities - Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei.


Because such establishments and activities are illegal and not covered under diplomatic immunity - or any known bilateral agreements, the White House has some explaining to do.


Pleas of ignorance, as was the case in President Barack Obama's reply to reports on alleged snooping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone, will not suffice.


As the end user of the intelligence collected by America's omnipresent spy apparatus, it is doubtful that the U.S. president doesn't verify the sources of the information, even if occasionally.

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And please don't tell us they are here in China to fight terrorism. While this country has contributed earnestly to the global war on terror, its own vulnerability to terrorism has hardly been a concern to America.


Washington has consistently blinded itself to the existence of terrorist threats in and to the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region [populated largely by Muslim ethnic Uyghurs]. Attacks from such terrorists, which have claimed hundreds of lives over recent years, have more often than not been beautified as a rebellion against the "repression of religious freedom" or "discriminative policies."


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Nor is having the SCS in China helpful in addressing U.S. security concerns. Americans, with the rare exceptions of spies, are safe and welcome in China's cities, and the nation in general. If national security is the "sole purpose" of U.S. national security operations, as Obama told a home audience the other day, he can rest assured and save money by recalling SCS staff from China.


While the American intelligence system is given overwhelming authority to carry out surveillance operations at home under the U.S. Patriot Act, this is China. Given the enduring concerns about terrorist threats on the other side of the Pacific, the people of the Special Collection Service will be far more useful and welcome at home.


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Posted By Worldmeets.US Nov. 1, 2013, 03:39pm