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OPINION: Tightening US cybersecurity

THE U.S. Congress has passed a bill to curb the political propaganda and interference of Chinese investors in the United States.

This bill will require U.S. agencies to provide a detailed report on Beijing’s political operations in the U.S. The CNMI is no exception. It’s a fact of life and involves the security of our nation today.

The long-term strategy is to counter the influence, propaganda and disinformation campaign that targets the United States or its allies.

I for one witnessed Chinese taxi operation that catered to the garments factories on Saipan. It was well-coordinated in siphoning millions of dollars out of the CNMI. It left Saipan broke. But its own self-inflicted mismanagement and corruption also put the CNMI in an insolvent and questionable state.

It only made lawmakers desperate to go to China and get a casino to allow them to pay the CNMI Retirement Fund that was wiped out completely by the local GOP.

Sad but true. The CNMI lawmakers chased away our Japanese friends. They were so blinded by money and greed and forgot our golden rule and family values which included respecting our Japanese neighbors.

Cybersecurity enforcement is long overdue in the CNMI, too. We also need to start assessing and evaluating other important pressing issues that will improve U.S.-CNMI relationship.

It’s still fresh in our minds: Tiananmen Square and the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy students on June 4 1989. And now came the nuclear summit in Singapore.

It was history in the making with President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meeting for the first time. It was a baby-step in the right direction.

This new U.S. cybersecurity plan was scheduled a week in advance to highlight the nuclear summit in Singapore as the world watched the historical meeting.

Last week, Canada’s intelligence agency said China is using its commercial status with its trading partners to influence politicians. This is no different with what happened to CNMI elections in the last decades.

Also, the European Union announced on June 1 that it has launched a complaint against China in the World Trade Organization for China’s aggressive coercion and pressure tactics.

The EU cited Chinese policies that discriminate against foreign firms and forced them to transfer proprietary technology.

In the last decades, China never had a hard time in investing in the CNMI, and today they have bought a little piece of the U.S. in the CNMI, according to a Bloomberg article.

Investing in technology wisely, the CNMI must protect technology sensitive information. It’s alarming that the Chinese are stealing technology from other countries. Saipan is no exception.

Lawmakers are responsible for creating chaos and hardship among local voters so they must get smart to protect their government from Chinese aggression.

We hurt our image when we ignored the Japanese investors so now we’re under the Chinese investors who don’t respect our ancestors when they dug up their resting place.

This is something that angers me to this day because we disrespected our own ancestors’ sacred resting place. I know these lawmakers will pay a price down the road.

CNMI lawmakers must understand that these Chinese investors are in fact part of a Communist agenda that wants to impose its power on our culture and our government.

China is asserting its power all over the world today.

If China attacks Taiwan it would also try its best to control the rest of Asia-Pacific and that includes Saipan.

We cannot let China control our local government or lawmakers. We need to put our people’s interest first and take our government back from Chinese influence.

The latest news is the new cyber hacking of a 757 airline. It is a real concern for Homeland Security and it’s the very reason this U.S. cybersecurity enforcement is tightening.

The Russian interference in U.S. election is another reason Congress is passing a cybersecurity bill. The U.S. is strengthening its cyber laws.

Stealing sensitive top secret information belonging to the United States is not acceptable.

In closing, we will never know what world leaders including those of Russia or China will do, but the U.S. is not backing down in addressing cyber theft and human rights atrocities and is fighting for diplomacy and a lasting peace.

The author is a resident of Portland, Oregon.