Huawei Chairman Guo Ping tweeted today, with the first tweet referring to his article in the Financial Times last year and the scandal that exposed virtue in the past decades of use of Swiss encryption firm Crypto AG to monitor the world. “Last year, I wrote in the Financial Times: ‘Our technology is hampering America’s ability to listen as it pleases,'” Says Mr Guo, as an example. Watch out, Big Brother is watching you! “
Source: Blue Blood Research
On February 27, 2019, Guo Ping wrote in the Financial Times that “the US crackdown on Huawei exposes fear of backwardness”, saying that “the US has moved out of the heavy guns and described Huawei as a threat to Western civilization, and we must ask why”. Citing the Prism case, the U.S. attacked Huawei because it prevented the U.S. from listening to the world at will.
“U.S. crackdown on Huawei reveals fear of backwardness”
Texts . . . Guo Ping
As an executive at Huawei, I am often asked the question: Why is the US launching a full-scale offensive against us? The Americans accuse us of stealing technology and violating trade sanctions and essentially preventing us from doing business in the United States. Mike Pence, US vice-president, recently spoke to Nato about the “threat posed by Huawei”. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned allies that using our telecommunications equipment would make it harder for the U.S. to “work with them.”
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, was asked to attend the mobile world congress, the industry’s biggest trade show, on Tuesday. A U.S. delegation, led by a renewed call for Huawei to be excluded from the global 5G network.
Washington has been denigrating Huawei for years. In a 2012 report, the House Intelligence Committee called Huawei a threat. Until recently, however, such attacks were relatively modest. Now that the U.S. has moved out of the heavy guns and portrayed Huawei as a threat to Western civilization, we must ask why.
The answer, I believe, lies in the leak edifgy nsa of the National Security Agency (NSA) by Edward Snowden in 2013. The NSA was founded in 1952 to monitor electronic communications, such as e-mail and telephone calls, to gather intelligence and combat intelligence activities in other countries.
Snowden’s leaked documents offer a glimpse into how NSA leaders are seeking to “collect all information” – every electronic communication or every phone call sent by everyone in the world every day could be a target for their collection. The documents also show that the NSA maintains “corporate partnerships” with selected U.S. technology and telecommunications companies that allow the NSA to “access high-capacity international fiber optic cables, switches, and/or routers around the world.”
Huawei operates in more than 170 countries, with half of its revenue searninging from overseas, but is based in China. This greatly reduces the possibility of “business cooperation”. If the NSA wants to listen by modifying routers or switches, a Chinese company is unlikely to cooperate with it. This is one of the reasons the NSA has hacked Huawei’s servers. “Many of our surveillance targets communicate through products made by Huawei,” the NSA wrote in a 2010 document. We want to make sure we know how to use these products. “
Clearly, the more Huawei’s devices are deployed in global telecommunications networks, the harder it will be for the NSA to “collect all the information”. In other words, Huawei could hamper U.S. efforts to spy as it pleases. That’s the first reason to hit us.
The second reason is related to 5G. As the latest generation of mobile communications technology, 5G will provide data connectivity to everything from smart factories to smart grids. Over the past 10 years, Huawei has invested heavily in 5G research and development, which has put us about a year ahead of our competitors. So we are attractive to countries that are preparing to upgrade to 5G technology in the coming months.
If the U.S. succeeds in keeping Huawei out of the global 5G network by portraying Huawei as a security threat, it can preserve its ability to listen to whoever it wants. If it can suppress a company that would weaken America’s dominance in the digital world, the US could also directly benefit. Limiting a company that is a leader in 5G technology would undermine the economic and social benefits that some countries could have reaped from the early laying of 5G networks. At the same time, a number of U.S. laws, including the recently passed Cloud Act, give the U.S. government the power to force telecommunications companies to assist in their global surveillance programs, provided that the order states that they were doing so for counter-espionage or counterterrorism investigations.
The intense attack on Huawei is a direct result of Washington’s realization that the United States has fallen behind in developing a strategically important technology. Anti-Huawei action on a global scale has little to do with security and has little to do with America’s willingness to suppress a rising technology rival.