Since the company’s alleged cooperation with the Chinese government sparked demonstrations in many countries due to security concerns, Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s technologies have faced the most difficult times in its international operations. The protests have been prompted by Huawei’s controversial ties to security agencies and the People’s Liberation Army, particularly in countries that are either able to modernize their telecoms infrastructure or are close allies of the former, according to the European Times.
Canada is the latest government to declare Huawei a national security threat. Ottawa has mandated the company to include backdoors in its services and products that provide the company with unauthorized access to customer data. It is important to note that Meng Wanzhou, a senior CEO of Huawei, was detained by Canadian authorities in 2018 on suspicion of deceiving banks about the company’s business operations in Iran in violation of US sanctions.
The United States set the ball rolling
According to The European Times, the US took the lead in discussing security risks related to Huawei’s alleged collaboration with the People’s Liberation Army in 2019. It was one of the first countries to ban Huawei from conducting 5G experiments in the US telecom industry. And in dealing with communication equipment.
According to the ANI report, the Chinese computer giant is allegedly actively involved in theft of US intellectual property and technology specifications, according to US allegations. In 2019, the US Department of Justice accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets from Bellevue, the Washington-based T-Mobile company. The Ministry of Justice has published a series of crimes against company officials in the same case, including money laundering, conspiracy, wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and so on. As a result, the United States banned its companies from using telecom equipment made by Huawei in May 2019.
The European Times also added Huawei to the list of companies banned from dealing with US companies. Australia, one of the first countries to completely ban Huawei from deploying 5G equipment and getting involved with ZTE, another Chinese telecom giant, was quickly followed by Japan, which also banned Huawei and ZTE from its domestic telecoms equipment manufacturing sector in 2018. India decided to forgo using Huawei and ZTE to launch 5G in 2020, similar. The UK government has already banned Huawei from deploying its own 5G equipment in 2018. Moreover, it has ignored the need to remove Huawei devices from 4G infrastructure by 2020.
Since 2018, the technology conflict between the US and China has been keenly felt by Chinese tech giants, particularly Huawei. Due to its strategic benefits and ties to China’s Belt and Road programme, Huawei continues to enjoy the interests of the Chinese state while other Chinese companies have suffered setbacks from their government in recent years. Although the extent to which US concerns about Huawei have impeded China’s intentions to expand its technology sector is not yet known, it is safe to say that these concerns undoubtedly had an impact on the company’s worldwide standing and international business.