The reaction from the Chinese Communist regime regarding the UK’s plan to phasing out Huawei proves that Huawei is not an ordinary company but a Trojan Horse. The CCP warns of ‘continuous harm’ to relations with Canada for not releasing Meng Wanzhou, who is a Huawei executive and the daughter of Huawei’s founder.
China Daily editorial criticizing UK’s plan to phase out Huawei’s 5G
Following a January decision to grant Chinese telecommunications equipment supplier Huawei a limited role in the United Kingdom’s 5G networks, Downing Street is reportedly planning for the company’s full phaseout from those networks by 2023.
If true, this would be a very costly policy reversal that would cause an all-lose scenario for all stakeholders, and one whose ramifications would undoubtedly ripple far beyond technological concerns.
Huawei may have dreamed of being what it is today — a leading global 5G solutions provider — and a flag-flyer for Chinese high technology. Company founder Ren Zhengfei is famous for that ambition anyway. However, in realizing that ambition, the company has become politicized beyond anyone’s imagination.
Under mounting pressure from Washington, the “national security threat” argument is rapidly poisoning Huawei’s international business environment. What the British government is allegedly planning comes as a further stab in the company’s back following the latest US attempt to cut the company’s supply lines.
The British government’s January decision that excluded Huawei from supplying “core” technologies and equipment and capped its market share to 35 percent, wasn’t fair at all. All the allegations against the company appear to have been built on the fears that Huawei may become a prevailing presence in Western telecommunications networks, and that China has a strong government.
Except for that, there has been no credible evidence offered whatsoever despite all the security threat clamor.
But Huawei accepted that conditional involvement — at least it wasn’t complete exclusion.
What is reportedly happening now, however, is different. It means significant escalation of discriminative government interference, which almost certainly will meet retaliatory responses from Beijing.
While the UK is no doubt hoping that toeing the US line on Huawei will help it gain a favorable trade deal with the United States, with which it began negotiations this month, the benefits are likely to be offset by the losses.
Unlike working together to address misgivings regarding security, pushing a certain company out of a country’s market simply because of its national identity is not only against market economy rules, but also a very unfriendly gesture against the latter’s country of origin.
Since the Chinese government has attached great significance to the way Huawei is treated overseas, and literally taken it increasingly as a test stone of bilateral ties, its reaction to such a decision should be easy to predict.
Losing the UK market will no doubt be a heavy blow to Huawei. But Huawei won’t be the sole loser.
Besides satisfying the China hawks in Washington and London’s political offices, such a decision will deliver little benefit to the UK itself.
Kicking out Huawei equipment from British networks will considerably increase the financial burdens for service providers, delay 5G rollout in the country, hurt relations with China, darken the UK’s post-Brexit economic prospects, and erode confidence in the UK’s long-standing reputation as a market economy.
British telecom operators from EE to Three have aired concerns about the high cost of replacing Huawei. They are foremost victims of politicization. Along with the numerous customers waiting for the broadband access Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised.
For the governments in Beijing and London, this is ultimately a matter of trust. Once trust is gone, all the rhetoric about collaboration will sound hollow.
At a time when the world badly needs solidarity amid a devastating pandemic, a decision like this will only worsen the atmosphere for international cooperation.
CCP warns of ‘continuous harm’ to relations with Canada for not releasing Meng Wanzhou at a regular press conference held by China’s Foreign Ministry
B.C. Justice is expected to release a ruling on Wednesday on Meng Wanzhou’s double criminality — whether what she is accused of in the United States would be a crime in Canada.
Meng Wenzhou is a Huawei executive and the daughter of Huawei’s founder.
Globe and Mail: A Canadian court is expected to release a decision on Wednesday on the hearing on the Meng Wanzhou case. What result does China expect from this decision?
China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s reply: China’s position on the Meng Wanzhou case is consistent and clear. The US and Canada abused their bilateral extradition treaty and arbitrarily took compulsory measures against a Chinese citizen without cause. This is entirely a serious political incident that grossly violates the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.
The Chinese government is steadfast in safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens. The Canadian side should immediately correct its mistake, release Ms. Meng, and ensure her safe return to China at an early date so as to avoid any continuous harm to China-Canada relations.
The Globe and Mail: Meng Wanzhou has been able to defend herself in an open court in Canada with legal representation. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have not been able to defend themselves against those charges. Why not?
Zhao Lijian: As for the Michael Kovrig case and the Michael Spavor case, China has expounded its position many times. They were involved in activities endangering China’s national security. In accordance with law, China’s judicial authorities have been dealing with the cases independently and ensuring their legal rights. China urges the Canadian side to respect the spirit of the rule of law and China’s judicial sovereignty and stop making irresponsible remarks.
I want to stress that the legal rights of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been guaranteed in accordance with law.
Follow-up: Does China expect Meng Wanzhou to be set free on Wednesday? If she is released by the Canadian court, how quickly will China release Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor?
Zhao Lijian: I have made very clear the position of the Chinese government on this issue.