President George Bush decided to deliver his speech on human rights in China from 2000 miles away in Bangkok "because it could offend his hosts," NBC's John Yang explained. His visit to Beijing "is about athletics not politics." Still, CBS' Jim Axelrod pointed out, Bush will meet with his counterpart Hu Jintao on three occasions during his weekend of sports watching. The United States, Bush declared, "stands in firm opposition to China's detention of political dissidents and human rights advocates and religious activists." The People's Republic is also an active eavesdropper, CBS' Bob Orr warned, practicing cyberespionage to hack national security systems. In addition, its companies use industrial espionage and its organized cybergangs steal personal financial data. Even cell phones and BlackBerrys are not secure, Orr warned, since they can be activated remotely to serve as microphones to bug rooms. Switching them off is not enough protection--batteries have to be removed too.
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