back to article WikiLeaks: East Timor knocked back high-tech Chinese spy base

Australia’s northern neighbour East Timor recently knocked back Chinese offers to build a free radar to monitor shipping, on the suspicion that Beijing actually wanted to build a spy base in the tiny nation. The allegation is contained in WikiLeaks cables which, for the moment at least, have been handed exclusively to Fairfax …

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I should think so

If they want an base of their own on the other side of the world they should send a gunboat, kick the natives out and build it themselves - like civilised people.

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How perceptive of Timor

They accepted the boats, though. What is the radar on these boats?

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What is the radar on these boats?

Wired up to Huawei 3g units* which as we know send all their data straight back to the PLA.

*Black helicopter because I'm using one now.

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Chinese military intelligence are obviously complete amateurs

If they wanted to get a military radar system installed for nefarious purposes, they should have just claimed it was a ludicrously overspecified civilian system, attached an extortionate price tag and bribed local political and administrative figures to get the deal approved. After all, it worked for BAe in Tanzania.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/bae-faces-fine-over-tanzanian-radar-contract-2165651.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/jan/15/bae.armstrade

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A bit obvious, no?

Today only! Free radar monitoring station to keep an eye on all your commercial shipping. It doesn't track military shipping at all. No, definitely not. All I ask of you is that my guys run it. But remember, it's FREE!!

Not suspicious at all. Nope, I see no issues with that at all.

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How dare they!

Does anyone have a list of how many bases the US has around the world? I imagine more than a few of those came in to being by questionable means...

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@How dare they

On the contrary - the US bases on the North York moors are a necessary and proportionate response to the problem of American tourist being attacked by werewolves in the area.

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