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19:55  12 september  2019
19:55  12 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippine military agreed on Wednesday to allow a new cellphone network powered by a Chinese state telecoms giant to install communications.

The Philippine military agreed on Wednesday to allow a new cellphone network powered by a Chinese state telecoms giant to install communications The military said in a statement it had signed a preliminary agreement with Mislatel, a consortium controlled by Philippine tycoon Dennis Uy

(Bloomberg) -- The Philippines military has allowed a venture of China Telecommunications Corp. to build on its camps, triggering concerns from the political opposition about spying.

The Southeast Asian nation’s military leaders signed a deal Wednesday with Dito Telecommunity Corp., the Philippine venture of China Telecom and Dennis Uy’s Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. and Udenna Corp.

Dito Telecommunity will rent areas in military camps to build its network, an arrangement previously entered into by bigger rivals PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc.

The deal “raises fears of electronic espionage and interference given the record of some Chinese firms engaging in illegal activity,” opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan said in a statement on Thursday. “How can we be assured that there will be no breach of national security?”

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China warns outsiders not to China's top diplomat on Wednesday warned outside countries not to amplify disputes in the South China Sea, where recent Chinese maneuvering in the energy-rich waters has rattled regional states and drawn condemnation from the United States. © Thomson Reuters The Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan operates with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo (R) in South China Sea June 11, 2019. Picture taken June 11, 2019. Courtesy JMSDF/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Some Philippine lawmakers had called for greater scrutiny of the deal, out of concerns that the company could be a ‘Trojan horse’ for stealing state secrets. It comes at a time of heightened cybersecurity fears surrounding Chinese tech giant Huawei, which the US put on a trade blacklist in

The Philippine military agreed on Wednesday to allow a new cellphone network powered by a Chinese state telecoms giant to install communications equipment on its army bases, despite concerns among some lawmakers about possible espionage.

The China Telecom venture has assured the military that its devices and structures “shall not be used to obtain classified information,” Philippine Armed Forces Chief General Benjamin Madrigal Jr. said in a statement

Last month, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he worries over spying and asked online gaming companies hiring Chinese workers to operate away from military camps.

(Updates with opposition senator’s comments)

To contact the reporter on this story: Andreo Calonzo in Manila at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Cecilia Yap at [email protected], Clarissa Batino, Karen Leigh

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