"Prism, prism on the wall, who is the most worthy of all?", Said Guo Ping, Huawei's current president, on stage at the Mobile World Congress 2019. Guo did not talk about Snow White. He did not care about the massive surveillance programs put in place by the United States.
Huawei is under fire worldwide, as countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia challenge the technology society's close ties with the world. the Chinese government and warn of a potential spying in Beijing. The US Department of Justice has even accused Huawei of fraud, obstruction of justice and the theft of trade secrets at T-Mobile during a bizarre press conference last month. But in his keynote address in Barcelona, Guo said the company would not stay on the defensive.
Guo led US commentary on the US's massive surveillance efforts, including a National Security Agency's warning launcher, Edward Snowden, revealed in 2013. Guo claimed that Huawei Deployed the most innovative technologies in the world, but also that it all people. During his 17-minute speech, Guo also insisted that the company "has not planted and will never plant backdoors", which is becoming a branch of society.
Much of the conflict around Huawei is focused on deploying its 5G network. The United States expressed concern that a 5G infrastructure created using Huawei technology would give the Chinese government vast capabilities to monitor or control the next-generation communications network in the world.
"The irony is that the US CLOUD law allows government entities to access data across borders," Guo said. During the presentation of his logo "Prism, prism on the wall, who is the most worthy of all?", A logo of the PRISM program of the NSA appeared on a screen behind him. The public, on the other hand, burst into scattered applause.
"It's an important question. And if you do not understand that, you can go ask Edward Snowden, "Guo continued as the crowd burst out laughing. "We can not use prisms, crystal balls or politics to manage cybersecurity. It's a challenge we all share. "
Guo echoed these comments in an editorial published by the Financial Times this week in which he said that "the more Huawei equipment is installed on the world's telecommunications networks, the harder it is for the NSA to" collect everything ".
In both the MWC and the Financial Times, Guo of course did not mention China's own massive monitoring, censorship and internment programs.
You can watch an excerpt of Guo's comments on YouTube.
Snowden revealed that the NSA's PRISM program in June 2013 was one of the tools of the US intelligence community to spy on the world. After his historic escape from classified NSA documents, Snowden fled to Russia and remains in exile, although he has publicly stated that he would like to return to the United States.
Huawei has been playing defense for some time now, and senior leaders such as Huawei's founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, have given rare interviews to US media this month to say the company was not acting the interest of the Chinese government.
Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Vancouver on December 1, 2018 at the request of the US government. Meng is the daughter of Huawei's chief executive, Ren Zhengfei, and the Chinese government said the charges brought by the United States Department of Justice are baseless and politically motivated. President Donald Trump has not solved the problem by hinting that Meng could be released as part of his trade deal with China.
The battle between Huawei and the West is not over. And while countries on the "other" side of the new cold war (like Russia) cut off their internet from the rest of the planet, we will likely see a balkanization of the tech community that no longer exists. since the time of the Soviet Union.
The stereotype of the last cold war was that the other "side" did not have a sense of humor. But that seems to have changed dramatically as the new cold war heats up. Chinese companies can sing White as snow rhymes all day long. Do not talk to them about Winnie the Pooh.[Mobile World Live and Huawei Press Release]