The U.S. Department of Commerce issued new export control regulations on May 15th. The Trump administration had increased the export ban against Huawei and Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE for another year by signing an executive order, which declares a national emergency over threats against information and communications technology and services.
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CCP’s media arrogantly said, “China’s retaliatory measures against large US companies such as Apple, Cisco and Qualcomm may be similar to “nuclear bombs”. Chinese Ministry of Commerce responded “ the use of national power by the United States as an excuse for so-called national security, abuse of export controls and other measures to continue to suppress and contain specific enterprises in other countries is a violation of market principles and fair competition, a disregard of basic rules of international trade.”
Is this the truth? What is Huawei’s fundamental harm to the United States?
A Chinese law stipulates that any Chinese company that handles data, no matter where it is obtained, must submit it to the government as required without any due process or any third-party ruling. Chinese companies are expected to abide by this law not only in China, but also overseas. Although Huawei claims to be a private enterprise, the U.S. believes that it is controlled by the CCP and it may have set up “backdoors” in its telecommunications products. Huawei assists the CCP to collect information, intelligence and data through its equipment, which poses a risk to the safety of foreign communication facilities, and potentiates threats to US security and facilitates hacking. In early February, the US government filed charges against Huawei, accusing the company of attempting to steal intellectual property from American companies,conspiracy to blackmail and bank fraud.
The picture shows the scene of the surveillance technology exhibition room photographed at Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters on March 29, 2019. (Billy H.C. Kwok / Getty Images)
Zak Doffman from Forbes mentioned “as serious new threats from CCP come true, Huawei has lost millions of users.” However, domestic competitor Xiaomi saw an increase in revenue by 30% throughout the year in international market. It is concerning if Xiaomi is “new Huawei”. Technology website Android Authority argues that “the US trade ban on Huawei has opened the door to other Android brands, and Xiaomi seems to be the biggest beneficiary.” As Thomas Brewster reported to Forbes, “users are warned that the phone data and Web tracking levels extracted by Xiaomi’s mobile phones far exceeds industry norms.” Unfortunately, these intrusive data have already been sent to CCP.
One Twitter user tweeted that some people in China asked anxiously: “Can Huawei go public on the market? Everyone will voluntarily buy stocks to support Huawei’s high-tech R & D and production.” However, one user replied “where are those people? Even having a meal is a problem, who cares about Huawei?”
Obviously, CCP and Huawei are not so welcome nowadays.
- [U.S Department of Commerce] https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2020/05/commerce-addresses-huaweis-efforts-undermine-entity-list-restricts
- [Foxbusiness] https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/huawei-extension-chinese-surveillance-canada
- [Forbes] https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2020/05/16/huawei-loses-millions-of-users-as-serious-new-threat-from-china-gets-real/#28a5fa0d4891
- [Newsweek] https://www.newsweek.com/china-huawei-apple-commerce-department-1504598