According to reports, the U.S. State Department revealed that defense contractor Honeywell has been fined $13 million after the company reportedly harmed national security interests by sharing sensitive intel pertaining to U.S. military aircrafts with China and reportedly other countries.
That's chump change; just the cost of doing business and a total betrayal. https://t.co/WLJ17ZNPKj
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 9, 2021
The State Department made the announcement on May 3rd, citing that they had achieved a settlement with defense contractor Honeywell relating to 34 charges that all revolve around 71 drawings containing sensitive information that were shared with Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, Ireland, and China between 2011 and 2015.
In the charging document related to the matter, the following was noted:
“The U.S. Government reviewed copies of the 71 drawings and determined that exports to and retransfers in the PRC [People’s Republic of China] of drawings for certain parts and components for the engine platforms for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, B-1B Lancer Long-Range Strategic Bomber, and the F-22 Fighter Aircraft harmed U.S. national security.”
In a statement from the State Department on May 3rd, it was noted that that these 71 drawings contained “technical data that contained engineering prints showing dimensions, geometries, and layouts for manufacturing castings and finished parts for multiple aircraft, gas turbine engines, and military electronics.”
State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has entered into a $13 million consent agreement with Honeywell International involving "unauthorized exports and retransfers of [#ITAR] technical data resulting from the failure to exercise appropriate internal controls"
— Doug Jacobson (@tradelawnews) May 4, 2021
Reports allege that Honeywell had utilized some sort of a file sharing platform to facilitate these engineering prints being inappropriately transferred to said countries.
While the matter is serious, the State Department confirmed that they will not debar Honeywell for these violations dating back several years due to the fact that the company had “voluntarily disclosed” the sharing of these drawings with foreign countries:
“Honeywell also acknowledged the serious nature of the alleged violations, cooperated with the Department’s review, and instituted a number of compliance program improvements during the course of the Department’s review.”
“For these reasons, the Department has determined that it is not appropriate to administratively debar Honeywell at this time.”
Honeywell has been expanding in China over the past 20 years, having moved their APAC headquarters from Singapore to Shanghai back in 2003 and finished up construction of land secured in the area back in 2017.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 6, 2021
According to the reached “Consent Agreement” between the States Department and Honeywell, $5 million of the $13 million civil penalty can be suspended if those funds are “used for Department-approved Consent Agreement remedial compliance measures to strengthen Honeywell’s compliance program.”
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In other news related to China, it seems that the MLB recently inked a deal in China to expand their presence in the country.
Here’s that report from April.
NEW YORK CITY, NY – Major League Baseball is facing major criticism for its decision to maintain a controversial partnership with China while moving its All-Star Game out of the state of Georgia.
The MLB will gladly expand its presence in China – but one day later, is buying into the lies and boycotting our state over a bill that expands the right to vote. This is the power of cancel culture – but Georgia will not back down. pic.twitter.com/WGDmre3iLU
— Houston Gaines (@houstongaines) April 3, 2021
The organization announced Friday that it would pull the All-Star game out of Atlanta because of a new voting law passed in the state. The decision came just 24-hours after MLB signed a contract with streaming service Tencent, a Chinese company tied to the Communist Party.
Tencent is one of China’s largest tech companies. The company also contracts with the NBA to stream their games in China. In 2019, the company blocked games played by the Houston Rockets after General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
The NBA came under increased attack from critics after sending an apology to the Chinese government.
CCTV pulls NBA China Games broadcast in response to Adam Silver’s support for Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s right to free speech https://t.co/xtnbkeyN0o
— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) October 8, 2019
MLB has also penned a deal with Oriental Pearl New Media, a state-run media outlet based in Shanghai. The deal will allow the 2021-23 baseball season to be broadcast on cable television in China.
The move by MLB to build its presence in China at a time when diplomatic ties with the United States are strained, and after the All-Star game’s relocation, has led to significant blowback from fans and politicians.
MLB had a problem with voter ID in Georgia, but not with concentration camps in China. Whatever. pic.twitter.com/oJgUx2aFhF
— Hernan Cortes (@CyberPunkCortes) April 2, 2021
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that the decision to pull the game from Atlanta was to demonstrate the league’s values:
“I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft. fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
The former Secretary of State under the Trump administration said that MLB is choosing China over the state of Georgia. In a tweet, Mike Pompeo wrote:
“Georgia’s laws don’t comport with @MLB ‘values,’ but China’s do?”
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) April 3, 2021
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called MLB officials hypocrites:
“MLB caves to pressure & moves draft (and) All-Star Game out of Georgia on the same week they announce a deal with a company backed by the genocidal Communist Party of China. Why are we still listening to these woke corporate hypocrites on taxes, regulations, and anti-trust?”
Why are we still listening to these woke corporate hypocrites on taxes, regulations & anti-trust? https://t.co/GWToVhAZvW
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 2, 2021
In another tweet, Sen. Rand Paul said called MLB’s actions a “boycott” of Georgia:
“Your sports league might be a little too woke if it will freely do business with Communists in China and Cuba but boycotts a US state that wants people to show an ID to vote.”
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 3, 2021
The spat between MLB and Georgia erupted after Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a new voter law that added new identification requirements for absentee voting, limited the use of drop boxes, granted more authority over elections to lawmakers, and made it a misdemeanor crime to give food or drink to voters waiting in lines at polling places.
The Governor attacked MLB for the decision during a press conference Saturday:
“Major League Baseball caved to the fears and lies of liberal activists. They ignored the facts of our new election integrity law and they ignored the consequences of their decision on our local community.
“They don’t care about jobs. They don’t care about our communities and they certainly don’t care about access to the ballot box.”
The White House said President Joe Biden supported MLB’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia:
“The President has made his concerns about the bill passed in Georgia clear, given its extreme provisions that impact the ability of so many citizens to cast their votes. He said earlier this week that if the decision was made by MLB to move the All-Star game, he would certainly support that decision – and now that MLB has made that choice, he certainly does.”
— Forbes (@Forbes) April 3, 2021
The President’s predecessor, however, called for a boycott of MLB. In a statement released by Save America PAC, Donald Trump said:
“Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections.
“Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!”
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