As the West warns of Chinese cyber spies, poorer nations welcome gifts with open arms

China’s government is on a digital giving spree. Over the past five years, the government has donated computers and equipment to governments in over 35 countries around the world. These gifts have been gratefully accepted by parliaments, political parties, government departments and even police agencies from Africa to the Pacific, from South East Asia to Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.

At the same time, Western nations are taking extraordinary measures to keep Chinese-made devices out of sensitive areas of their governments and militaries. Security agencies from Canada, Australia, the US and the United Kingdom have warned that Chinese-made devices could be used for spying by Chinese intelligence

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