Saturday, October 8, 2022

Trump persuades allies to prevent Huawei 5G


Izaan Zubair
Technology writer @ WNObserver

The Trump government uses politics power to prevent Huawei from supplying worldwide technology for 5G networks. In Poland, even a military base is being used. But governments are starting to question US interests.

The Trump government is trying hard to pressure its allies to prevent cooperation with Huawei 5G. The New York Times reports, citing government officials. Poland is under pressure from the United States that future deployments of US troops – including the prospect of a permanent base called “Fort Trump” – could depend on the Polish decision.

New York Times talks with current and former US government officials, intelligence officials, and telecoms executives revealed that the US wants to ban Huawei for its technological backlog. The White House has been working for months on a decree expected in the coming weeks to effectively prevent companies from using Chinese equipment on critical telecom networks, according to the New York Times. This goes far beyond the existing regulations, which prohibit this only in government networks.

Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei, has denied that his company is spying on China. “I still love my country, I support the Chinese Communist Party, but I will never do anything to harm another nation ,” he said earlier this month.

US Telcos wanted to source Huawei code

According to the New York Times, espionage between China and the United States is not a one-way street: back in 2010, the NSA seized Huawei’s headquarters on Operation Shotgiant, as Edward Snowden revealed. His documents show that the NSA wanted to prove that Huawei was controlled by the Chinese army. According to former officials, evidence has never been found. However, the Snowden documents also show that the NSA had one more goal: to better understand Huawei’s technology and to look for possible backdoors to exploit them for espionage against other nations. So the US tried exactly what Huawei is accused of, the New York Times reports.

Around 2013, US mobile operators AT & T and Verizon argued that it made sense to have Huawei set up a test field in the United States, as the source code for its network software would have to be disclosed. Huawei’s offerings would also lower the price of building networks, they argued. But the NSA did not allow this.

However, Trump’s stance and the lack of hard evidence against Huawei have led some countries to question whether the US campaign is really about national security or a competitive advantage for the US. In the past year, Huawei’s revenue was $ 100 billion, twice as much as Cisco and significantly more than IBM’s.

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