Australia's top spy has warned the Solomon Islands that a planned 4000 kilometre-long internet cable connecting the tiny Pacific nation to Sydney could be torpedoed after it signed up controversial Chinese firm Huawei to lay the cable Fairfax Media understands.
澳大利亞情報部門負責人向所羅門群島發出警告 由于該國和有爭議的中國企業華為公司簽約來鋪設一條用來連接這個太平洋小國和悉尼之間的長達4000公里的國際光纜 澳洲可能會終止這條光纜的鋪設. 費法斯傳媒報道.
The future of the communications cable project is now uncertain because of Australia's fears about the involvement of Huawei the communications giant that was banned from working on the National Broadband Network on the advice of security agency ASIO.
因為澳大利亞擔心華為這個通訊業巨頭的參與 此項目未來的前景因此變的不確定 . 之前在澳大利亞安全情報機構的建議下 華為已經被禁止參與澳大利亞國家寬帶網絡建設項目.
Nick Warner the head of the foreign intelligence agency the Australian Secret Intelligence Service is understood to have warned Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of Australia's concern during a visit to capital Honiara last month to mark the end of the Australian military and police assistance mission to the country.
澳大利亞對外的情報機構 澳大利亞秘密情報局負責人尼克.華納上個月在對所羅門群島首都霍尼亞拉訪問時. 已經對所羅門群島總理Manasseh Sogavare發出警告 這意味著澳大利亞對該國的軍事和警務援助任務的終結.
Fairfax Media understands that while Australia strongly supports the cable project because of the economic benefits it would bring to the struggling island nation it has become concerned since the Solomons government abruptly abandoned previous plans to sign up a US-British firm to lay the cable and instead began pursuing an opaque deal with Huawei in mid-2016. The switch by Honiara also prompted the Asian Development Bank – which would have provided concessional financing – to withdraw support because of the lack of transparency it is understood.
費法斯傳媒了解到. 因為這個項目能為這個太平洋上的島國帶來經濟效益 澳大利亞曾經是大力支持的，但是所羅門政府突然決定放棄原本計劃好的由美英聯合公司進行鋪設. 轉而在2016年中與華為公司進行不透明的交易 . 霍尼亞拉的這個轉變同時還導致了原本對項目提供優惠融資的亞洲開發銀行 因為該項目缺乏透明度而撤回了對項目的融資支持.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement provided to Fairfax Media that the Australian government had been in discussions with the Solomons government about the project for "a number of months".
據法斯傳媒提供的消息 外長朱莉.畢曉普一份費聲明中表示澳大利亞與所羅門政府對這個項目的問題已經協商好幾個月了 .
"Australia is strongly supportive of economic growth for the development and prosperity of Solomon Islands including an undersea cable to provide the improved internet access that the business sector needs to generate jobs and growth" she said.
"The Australia High Commission has been in discussions with the Solomon Islands government about the undersea cable project and the application process for a number of months."
To land a cable in Sydney the Solomon Islands Submarine Cable Company needs to apply for a permit under Australia's Telecommunications Act.
The act states that the Attorney-General can direct the Australian Communications and Media Authority to deny a licence to a person if it "would be prejudicial to security".
The 4000-kilometre cable aims to deliver reliable internet to the Solomons. Currently it depends largely on satellites for telecommunications.
There are growing concerns about espionage against Australia notably by China. Recently retired Defence chief Dennis Richardson said in an outgoing speech that "it is no secret that China is very active in intelligence activities directed against us".
Fairfax Media understands that the US-British firm – which posed no national security concerns for Australia – had been granted permission to land a cable in Sydney. The firm had won a competitive tender process that was backed by the Asian Development Bank which would have provided concessional financing for the project.
But in mid-2016 the Solomons abandoned that approach for reasons that remain unclear and began pursuing a deal with Huawei prompting the ADB to withdraw support because it was concerned about the lack of transparency in the procurement process.
Huawei did not respond by deadline to emailed questions. The Solomons High Commission in Canberra and the office of Mr Sogavare also did not respond. The head of the Solomons government-controlled cable company also could not be reached for comment.
A no brainer don't touch it with a barge pole and get rid of our Defence Dept phones from the same company.
The Chinese have enough tentacles into Australia let alone something like this.
You have to wonder what is going on the Solomon Islands had a deal all ready to go and then they suddenly drop it in favour of a deal with Huawei with no explanation why.
It's interesting that Optus has a strong relationship with Huawei. What can the government do about that?
有意思的是，華為和 Optus 公司（澳大利亞第二大電信公司 ）有著千絲萬縷的聯系。政府會怎樣處理這層關系？
I think we need to distinguish between the average Chinese person who has a welcome place in Australia and the Chinese government who does not.
Then there's Chinese money that is harming our nation by distorting the price of our real estate among other assets.
Our government hasn't got a straight message and the Chinese government know it.
They are playing our government with the old carrot ( money ) and stick ( bans on exports ).