AT&T ‘proud’ to partner with Chinese telecom giant controlled by communist party

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A t it’s one of the most powerful conglomerates
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in the world it’s the largest telecommunications company on the globe it’s also not incidentally the parent
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company of cnn that means a massive amount of america’s digital infrastructure depends
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on cnn a massive amount if a t and its ceo john stanky decided to prioritize
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foreign interests over american interests that would be grave news to every
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american we’re learning tonight that at least one instance that’s exactly what a t and
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john stanky did we’ve confirmed that a t lobbied the department of commerce
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not to levy sanctions against china telecom which is a large state-owned corporation headquartered in beijing
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this was first reported by the national file specifically we know that at t worked to keep china telecom off of
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something called the entity list that list blocks companies from selling american products and technology
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to certain foreign firms without first getting a license we’re told that china telecom was set to
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be sanctioned because of its alleged support of human rights abuses by china’s government
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and there are very many of those u.s officials have said that china telecom is backed by the chinese military
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and under control of the nation’s communist party and of course that makes sense
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a t is a proud partner of china telecom has a joint venture with china telecom in a statement provided to this show
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a t admitted that it does not want china telecom on the entities list setting potential unintended
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consequences corey stewart is the former under secretary of commerce for industry and
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security he has first-hand knowledge of what happened and he joins us tonight to
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explain corey stewart i appreciate your coming on tonight it’s hard to believe that a t
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an american you think of it as an american company would lobby on behalf of a company controlled by the chinese
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military tell us if you would what you know about this and why it happened well you know i was
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as i was under secretary uh some it was very disturbing because uh we had a lot of indications
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uh there’s very good intelligence out there uh that uh the chinese government through its it’s
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basically state-owned subsidiary of china telecom has been using cell phone technology telecommunications
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technology to track minority populations in china to spy on them and then to hand this
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information over to the china police state and they’re rounding up the uyghur
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population which is a minority muslim group in western china as well as tibetans and other minorities and
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placing these people in essentially modern day concentration camps
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where there’s widespread reports of of gang rapes of torture other human rights abuses potentially
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even executions and genocide occurring in these camps and china telecom was assisting
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the government of china and helping to do that when we learned of this we of course in the trump administration
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uh began to place china telecom on the entity list to put sanctions upon them when we were contacted by ed gillespie
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the executive vice president of atnt who urged us not to place uh china telecom despite these abuses on
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the entity list and needless to say we were pretty much shocked by that
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why would john stanky the ceo of the company i mean a t has a lot of different businesses
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it’s a very successful company critical company in in the united states why would he
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jeopardize the image of a t by siding with a company that is had a hand in
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genocide in china it doesn’t make sense to me it it doesn’t make sense
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unless you assume that despite what cnn and its corporate parents say about
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protecting minorities and standing up for human rights if it’s all a lie and what they’re
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actually doing is placing profit over and above human rights over and above u.s national
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security concerns and you know i have to say that att is not alone
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there are other u.s corporations in china who are turning a blind eye to the human rights abuses who are
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turning a blind eye to china threatening its neighbors in the south china sea who are turning a blind eye to that
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what they’re doing is is helping the china uh undermine u.s national security
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concerns and that is uh something that we tried in the trump administration
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and we were on the verge of placing china telecom uh as well as other companies on the
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entity list and let me just say this the staff the career staff at the commerce department we’re clearly on a
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path to do this if it doesn’t happen that will mean that there was pressure from the biden
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administration put on it by att to not put them on there i look forward to cnn covering the story in some detail
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given that often expressed concern for human rights under secretary stewart i appreciate you

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