President Trump has taken a firm stand against Huawei, the Chinese telecom behemoth – and for good reason. Huawei is not your garden-variety Chinese company in the same vein as Tencent, Alibaba, or Baidu. By many credible accounts, Huawei is a corporate extension of the Chinese government, replete with Beijing back channels and generous government support.
In a report released by the U.S. Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence back in 2012, Huawei and ZTE Corp., another Chinese company, were described as potential threats to U.S. security interests precisely because of Chinese government involvement. Last month, the U.S. Navy reported it was under intense “cyber-siege” by Chinese hackers. These follow a litany of allegations that have Huawei engaged in spying, commercial espionage, and intellectual property theft over many years.Continue reading “Don’t Let Huawei Control 5G”