In the wake of recent revelations that the Chinese-made cranes operating at US ports are likely spying tools, Joe Biden’s White House is desperately backpedaling with excuses and downplaying its blatant lack of security.
Townhall reports, Over the weekend it was reported the Chinese communist government could be using cranes at U.S. ports to spy on Americans and shipping vessels.
Officials in the United States are growing concerned that giant Chinese cranes operating in American ports could be used by Beijing to spy, including at military bases.
Pentagon officials have compared ship-to-shore cranes made by China’s ZPMC manufacturer to Trojan horses. While comparably well-made and inexpensive, the containers contain sophisticated sensors that can register and track the provenance and destination of containers, causing concerns that China may capture information about materials being shipped in or out of the country to support U.S. military operations overseas.
When the White House was questioned on the topic Karine Jean Pierre gave her usual run around answers.
In response to U.S. concerns that Chinese cranes might be used for espionage against the U.S., a Chinese official called the U.S. paranoid.
The Chinese spokesperson Mao Ning stated “The claim is complete paranoia, misleading to the American public.”
In the wake of a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon drifting over the U.S. that was eventually shot down off the coast of South Carolina, concerns about China’s increasing use of technology for espionage activities in the U.S. have been raised.
As tensions between the United States and China continue to rise, the Biden administration has been quick to downplay any recent spying allegations by giving reporters the run around. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that cranes produced by a Chinese-owned firm have been installed in American ports, raising concerns about their potential use for surveillance purposes—a risk that the White House is now conveniently playing off as something of a weird economy-related issue. With the scope and seeming impunity with which Chinese corporations have been engaging in corporate espionage lately, it is both strange and unwise for the people in charge to be so blasé about this particular threat—if true, it paints a picture of a weak administration when dealing with one of the greatest economic threats to American security today.