No, this is a story telling the world that the chips used by the US banking system and regulatory agencies are Made in China. Hardware, with hard wired programming, that runs under any software layer. Yeah, they make that, and can do anything they want with it in their factories. Hide hardware easter eggs, see if you can find them.
How many times I gotta tell ya that the only chip you can trust is the one that you make. Oh you mean we no longer know how to make chips anymore? Then what's this posturing coming from the Hague. China can give them the finger and tell them we got you by the balls, or more like by the chips you type and store your legal documents on. Unless you wanna go back to a mechanical typewriter and a filing cabinet at the Hague, like in the days of Columbo, it used to work, people use to live like that just fine. Talk about security from "hackers" on the Internet, which are pretty much just scare tactics of big money powers involved in computing and internet to scare you into continuous buy buy buy or be attacked maffia style, and otherwise there are really no hackers, like there were really no "evil, criminal people" blowing up your restaurant if you did not buy business protection insurance from the mafia back in the 1920s, but it was the mafia itself doing the blowing up. Or you can just simply pony up the effort to make your own chips, and actually use them at the Hague. Like, that should go without saying, duh.
I'm not saying don't buy stuff from China. I love global harmony and cooperation, and the last thing I'd like to see is that they, or anyone else on the planet starve, because you don't buy from them, and it's like you're obligated to buy from them, even if they are your enemies, enemies in a hazy, vague sense, simply to keep them from starving, in a Christian love way. But as long as they don't starve, some things like everyone having their own military instead of having to blindly rely for protection on someone else that might turn on them, is like a right or a duty. And then making your own weapons or even chips is like a right and even a duty. How you gonna rely on guns and chips Made in China for your military, yet issue a declaration against them at the Hague? You're an idiot, right? It's like making the basics back at home, at least to some degree, is a right and a duty. Like making hammers and screwdrivers, every country should be able to make those within their borders if they want to, and be able sell those within their own markets, without being run into the dust from globalized competition who can sell at undercut prices that make it impossible to make anything in your country, and about to drive you into economic collapse. Tariffs are a way to de-globalize softly. Suppose something made in china is $5 free shipping, and the equivalent made in USA is $25 because of minimum wage which is because of free market housing cost plus mandatory insurance purchases like Obamacare plus mandatory osha and epa costs, etc, none of the costs that China has to deal with in their minimum wage, so they can dominate shelves competing against you on walmart shelves. So the answer is obviously, when trying to sell a tool kit box with hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, hacksaws, tape measures, etc, is to add a $21 tariff, so Made in USA is $25, and Made in China is $26. Simple, right? It would obviously piss off the Chinese, but it's like they don't have to buy from you, and you don't have to buy from them, except if you don't buy from them they collapse economically, and starve, so you have to buy from them. So I been thinkin about this. The idea is that even with tariffs, you might be able to make it so that the number of Made in China items sold x the price, or more like x the profit to the chinese is greater with tariffs than without them, if you share the tariffs with them. Suppose two toolkits are sitting side by side on the shelf at Walmart - made in USA for $25, and Made in China for $26, and everyone knows its because of tariffs, else the chinese goods would be sitting there for $5. Now as a shopper you are not happy, because you'd buy at $5 but not at $25, so that total sales are less, but without such measures you would not have a job in the USA. China also sells much less, but at $26 they make a lot more per item than at $5, if the tariff is split with them, say 50/50, $10.50 for every such chinese goods sold goes to them, and 10.50 stays with the US government as tax, totaling $21 total tariff. So their actual sales price, as they see it is actuall $15.50, not $5, competing in a market at $26 where the native going price is $25, to protect native production against globalized devastation. And then you can work such tariffs on how you split them, and there would still be a lot of anger over tariffs and not allowing domination from outside, but to a much lesser degree than total confiscation, this way at least they make extra money too in a market that supports higher prices simply because the tariffs are there, for each of their sweat drop of calorie of effort invested into creating a product for sale. And ultimately it's sort of in their best interest too to protect local markets from crashes, sort of not to over milk a cow to where it dies or the baby cow is starved, but allow it to flourish too, you withhold over milking today even if you are nearly starving, but not actually starving, just to allow your cow to flourish and have an economy tomorrow too, allowing your cow to prosper and be there tomorrow too to milk, which is only possible to achieve via soft deglobalization and sharing tariffs, whether 50/50, or 90/10, or 10/90, I don't really know what's the right answer here, but sharing moderates the anger, and possibly creates some situations where even the angry ones who are not tariffed come out with greater overall profit than without tariffs, or at least definitely more profit per item actually sold. Obviously businesses care about overall total profit most, especially when near starving and every penny counts, but it's like, you could work 16 hrs a day for 8/hr=$128 (without overtime, i'm just creating an example here), and kill yourself like that, or you could work for $45/hr for 2 hrs for a total of $90, and your overall profit is much less, but how much you had to kill yourself for it is much less too, right?, to where a lot of people would opt for the $90 instead and live their lives better, such as China might have to cut their 14hr x 6 days a week routine to 7hr x 6 days a week, and instead of $1.28/ 14 hr day make $0.90/ 7 hr day and then have extra 7 hours to live their lives, like diy raising your children instead of others doing it for you, of course as long as that 0.90/day is not a starving wage, because you are able to buy plenty of rice on it, and then it's simply a matter of rice prices. But that's what you're lookin at with tariffs, which may equalize the world not to the lowest common denominator of lowest paid unEPA'd unOSHA'd child labor slave dominating the shoe racks sold at Walmart, but you forcefully bring up those dealing with such wages or incomes due to the prices they sell at, to sell at prices closer to what your markets sell at, including the tariffs actually depending on whether OSHA and EPA was in the picture while that product was made, and all of a sudden you can have OSHA and EPA type things dominate the world markets due to willful intervention as opposed to the other way around that happens naturally if you leave things free rolling when the lowest economic slave misery and hurtful and polluting way of creating something out competes the rest on price at the final destination market shelves, and drives the rest extinct.