Washington is another alarmist wave warning the world of the alleged dangers posed by the Chinese giant Huawei technology. However, without solid evidence, the message seems more like a cover for personal interests.
Senior US officials have urged the world to be "vigilant" on Chinese technology companies and their communication networks, threatening to curb the partnership with allies who behave badly.
Clear and present danger?
US President Donald Trump and his entourage are obsessed with the idea that Chinese technology companies pose a threat to US national security, accusing them of spying and intelligence gathering for Beijing. As a result, Chinese technology companies – especially the telecommunications giant Huawei – found themselves in Washington's sights.
"We want to make sure we identify [to] their opportunities and risks of using this equipment ", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently said, explaining that the United States had tried to overzeal their European and Asian allies so that they would stop even looking in the direction of Beijing and would prefer to withdraw from the United States. telecommunication development projects with Huawei.
After months of energetic words, no credible evidence has been presented to the world. It seems that Huawei, China's leading telecommunications company, has already used its computer hardware or software to facilitate Beijing's espionage activities.
On the contrary, an international consensus has emerged over the last two months to challenge Washington's claims. Recently again, Robert Hannigan, the former director of the British intelligence agency GCHQ, has made it clear that no evidence of Huawei's cyber-espionage activities exists. "The key point here, masked by the growing hysteria about Chinese technology, is that [the National Cyber Security Centre] has never found evidence of a malicious cyberactivity of the Chinese state through Huawei ", he wrote in the Financial Times.
"The claims that any Chinese technology that is part of a 5G network represents an unacceptable risk are absurd."
Hannigan's expertise is in line with that of the Italian Ministry of Industry, which sees no threat from Huawei in building its fifth-generation mobile phone network. "National security is a priority and if critical problems arise – which has not yet been done – the ministry would decide whether or not to take action", the ministry noted this month.
The German computer monitoring body also said that he had found no evidence that the Chinese giant has ever spied on its customers. The head of the Federation of German Industry (BDI) has expressed similar reservations, claiming "you need a proof" before accusing Huawei of espionage for Beijing.
Paris also declined to listen to US warnings about Huawei, rejecting the proposed bill earlier this month aimed at tightening controls over telecommunications.
But some of Washington's allies have adopted the crusade against Chinese technology. Warsaw plans to ban some Huawei products and called for joint action by the company on this business after the detention of a Huawei sales director by the internal security agency from Poland. Officials later said his business was unrelated to the technology giant, who immediately fired him.
Although largely ignored by US allies, Washington's paranoia has been well received in the Pacific, New Zealand, and Australia, which has effectively banned the Chinese telecommunications giant from assisting in the development of 5G networks.
Attack on all fronts
The American campaign against the Chinese giant is however not limited to fear.
Huawei, according to the United States, conspired to steal T-Mobile's intellectual property between 2012 and 2014, bypassed its unilateral sanctions against Iran – an alleged fault that would certainly give Washington a formal reason for its failure. 39, take it to the company – and committed bank and bank fraud.
At the request of the United States, Canada arrested Huawei's chief financial officer, Wanzhou Meng, daughter of Huawei's founder, about Iran's sanctions. This decision has damaged relations between Washington and Beijing, but has so far been an even bigger headache for Ottawa.
Trump has already hinted that he could use the arrest of Wanzhou Meng as the currency of trade during prolonged and difficult trade negotiations with China in the United States. Both countries are already engaged in what has been described as a trade war, with both countries imposing tariffs.
Beijing rejected US claims that China's 5G network technology posed security risks, noting that the Huawei campaign was aimed at "fabricating an excuse to quell the legitimate development" of the society. China maintains that Huawei is leading the development of 5G communications, while US companies are lagging behind in the competition to roll out new mobile network technology, despite billions of dollars of investment.
"There is no way the United States can crush us" Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei told the BBC on Monday his first interview since the arrest of his daughter. "The world can not leave us because we are more advanced."
"Even though they [the US] to persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always reduce things a bit, " he said.
While targeting Chinese technology could be an attempt to overthrow Washington in its trade war with Beijing, judging by the reactions of European countries, for much of the world, it's a bad deal.
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