TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tech giant Google is facing increasing scrutiny from the U.S. military for their dealings with the Chinese communist party, in what many analysts say may be undermining U.S. power, national security and industrial competitiveness.
The current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, General Joseph Dunford, is reportedly preparing to debate with Google’s leadership in the coming week, over their involvement and ties with the Chinese government.
In a Senate hearing last week, Dunford stated unequivocally that Google’s operations in the communist country were “indirectly benefiting the Chinese military.”
According to Defense News, Dunford aims to convince the corporation to display more respect for its rights and responsibilities to the Unites States, as a U.S. based business.
Google has received intense criticism from many quarters over the past several month after it was revealed that a secret search engine platform or “censorship engine” was being developed at the behest of the Chinese communist party.
Although Google claimed to have abandoned the secretive “Dragonfly” program in response to the outcry, it was recently reported in early March, that there is evidence work on the platform's development has continued.
In addition to abetting potential human rights violations, there are security concerns related to China’s forced technology transfers and artificial intelligence projects that Google is reportedly engaged in with various Chinese partners.
Remarks from the general, made at an Atlantic Council event on Thursday, March 21, were quoted by Defense News.
"In my judgment, us assisting the Chinese military in advancing technologically is not in U.S. national interests, so it’s a debate we have to have.
Ventures to help develop artificial intelligence in China are going to do two things. They are going to help an authoritarian government to assert control [over] its own population. Again, our country exists for the individual. China exists for the Chinese communist party.”
Another troubling news item this week concerning Google’s collusion with the Chinese communist party is the report from ZDnet that Google will no longer provide ad service for VPN providers targeting customers in China.
It is well known that VPN services are an essential means for Chinese internet users to break through the Great Firewall and access news media critical of the Chinese government. As a result of the access to information provided by VPN, Beijing seeks to completely restrict their access.
Such reports are a strong indication that Google is willing to operate according to Chinese law, and the whims of the CCP. Therefore, as a U.S. based company, the United States military is right to view their titanic presence and lack of operational transparency, with increasing suspicion.