Huawei issued a statement making several allegations to the US government, ranging from cyber attacks to illegal use of power, such as arrests and intimidation of employees and former employees. The US and China have been waging a trade war since 2018, when US President Donald Trump decided to raise import duties for various products, most of them of Chinese origin. In this dispute, Huawei stayed in the “eye of the hurricane,” and was banned from the US as a threat to the country on charges of spying and patent infringement by US companies.
However, Huawei defends itself against the allegations, saying that the US government has failed to prove any of the irregularities attributed to the company. In addition, she accuses the US government of cyberattacking for confidential information, which constitutes espionage.
The Chinese manufacturer also claims that the US government is unearthing old civil lawsuits that have already been resolved and, from them, is launching criminal investigations related to technology theft. The official position of the country is that the corporation acts as an arm of Chinese espionage, which it has repeatedly denied.
Rebutting the accusations
Despite serious statements about cyberattack attempts, Huawei has not made it clear whether they were successful and what damage they may have caused. The list comes at a time when the company is in a “temporary truce” that allows it to continue to operate in the United States.
In practice, the manufacturer is still on the US State Department “blacklist”, which makes it impossible to do business with companies that have headquarters there. In its statement, the company states that it has invested in research and development for over 30 years and has 180,000 employees worldwide who have helped it gain the trust and support of consumers, suppliers and partners.
“The fact remains that none of Huawei’s core technologies has been subject to any criminal case against the company, and none of the allegations raised by the United States government have been supported by sufficient evidence,” the statement said. In conclusion, she states that no company becomes a global leader in its field through theft.
Australia had had concerns about Huawei in existing networks for some time, but the war game with 5G marked a turning point. Six months after the situation began, the Australian government specifically banned Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications network equipment, from having any involvement in its 5G plans. An Australian government spokeswoman declined to comment on the war game.
After Australia shared its findings with US leaders, other countries, including the United States, took steps to restrict Huawei.
The campaign against Huawei intensified last week when President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning the use of Huawei equipment on US telecommunications networks, citing national security reasons, while the Commerce Department imposed limits on technology acquisition. by Huawei. Google’s parent company Alphabet has suspended some of its business with Huawei, Reuters said.
Until mid-last year, the US government was “not paying much attention” to the problem, said retired US Marine General James Jones, who was President Barack Obama’s national security adviser. What prompted the senior US authorities to act? The sudden understanding of what 5G will put on the scene, according to Jones.
Now the US is waging an aggressive campaign to contain Huawei as part of a much broader effort to curb Beijing’s growing military might under the leadership of Xi Jinping.
According to official US and Chinese military documents, strengthening cyber operations is a key element of Xi’s extensive military modernization effort shortly after coming to power in 2012. The United States accuses China of extensive state-sponsored hacking with the objective of obtaining strategic and commercial advantages.