2020-02-09 11:49:51 UTC
The Chinese are heroically battling a looming pandemic and our media and social media is full of derogatory comments that are reminiscent of the days when we used to refer to chinks, wops, dagos, jungle bunnies and other nasty terms for the furriners. Theirs is a truly remarkable success story in creating systems and infrastructure to deal with the crisis. My information is that the number of infected people in China is at a maximum and will likely start reducing. This would not have happened anywhere other than China. They deserve to be universally congratulated and not noisily condemned for the possible slight delay in the early days.
We have xenophobiavirus bad, but its not nearly as bad here as it is in the US where some of the pathogenicity seems to have originated, the Sinophobia there is pretty bad, but not as severe as the crazy bizarre russophobia that seems endemic in their country especially among those who claim to be the on the more progressive side. We have an elevated doomsday threat hanging over our heads due to large numbers of people who should know better buying into this silliness.
The furore over Huawei and the prosecution of a senior vice president shows how irrational and dangerous things are for us here; allowing Chinese companies to supply better and cheaper and more energy efficient core network equipment will impair the effectiveness of the Mass Surveillance programmes but will replace systems designed to snoop on us and which can easily be compromised by bad folks other than the original system creators (including the Russians and the Chinese). The most recent ransomeware attack, the one that damaged NHS systems was due to a similar "security modification" to the operating systems on our personal computers. Most of the techie people whom I trust agree with me on this matter.
David Martin Edmunds