Huawei Is Spying On States, Western Countries Up Against 5G Rollout By Chinese Company

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The question who owns Huawei and whether or not it is controlled by the Chinese government is making countries paranoid and even harder for Huawei to thrive in its field. The company has been accused of misrepresenting its ownership structure after it put out a statement saying it is ‘employee owned’.

Speculations over whether or not the technology giant is a strategy by the Chinese government to spy on other states have called for critical scrutiny but with no tangible results.

In the wake of the 5G roll-out, countries such as the UK, Germany, Canada, and the United States have cautioned against opening up networks for the company that could be planning espionage in the long term. In the UK Theresa May has ordered that the Chinese firm be banned from supplying core parts of the future 5G network. Following a meeting with the National Security Council, Huawei will only supply non-core parts of the network to the state.

In the United States, Huawei among other Chinese companies has been banned from working on critical telecommunication infrastructure for security reasons. Despite its international successes in telecommunication services and smartphone manufacturing, penetrating these markets has been faced with obstructions from authorities.

Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou and Chief Financial Officer currently under house arrest in Canada were accused of stealing trade secrets in the US. The findings have plunged intelligence agencies across western countries in investigations against the firm.

In a recent tweet, the office of US Director of National Intelligence cautioned the US of possible dominance of China in the next generation network 5G. “If we don’t deal with this now, 10 years from now it’s going to be too late,” this was a reminder from the Director’s last address on taking on the Chinese in the rollout. Trump has also come out to announce a major auction of the 5G spectrum in the spirit of pushing for 5G dominance over China.

Recent findings on Huawei indicate that;

 

  • The Huawei operating company is 100% owned by a holding company, which is in turn approximately 1% owned by Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei and 99% owned by an entity called a “trade union committee” for the holding company.
  • Nothing is known about the internal governance procedures of the trade union committee, neither are committee members and trade union leaders known.
  • Trade union members have no right to assets held by a trade union.

 

According to the US findings, all leads point at the Chinese government with accusations that the security agencies are funding Huawei. Huawei Founder Ren Zhengfei has dismissed claims saying he’d rather shut down Huawei than a spy for the Chinese authorities. With regards to the intense opposition from western countries, the founder has said if the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine.

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Melissa Daniels
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