Huawei take a counterattack against the U.S.
Huawei take a counterattack against the U.S.
  • Jung Se-jin
  • 승인 2019.04.29 13:45
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Huawei, which has not responded actively to the U.S. government's check, is moving to launch a counterattack recently. 

On April 17, Huawei Chairman Guo Ping invited a group of Korean reporters to Huawei Campus in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, to give an active explanation on security issues.

"The installation of back doors in Huawei's equipment, which is already being used in 170 countries, is tantamount to an act of suicide," said Chairman Guo Ping. 

"Huawei's equipment has been duly evaluated by security consulting firms in the United States, Britain and Finland, and there has not been a single backdoor incident in its 30-year corporate history," he added.

So far, the U.S. government has claimed that Huawei's equipment includes spy chips and Huawei responded only by saying that there is no basis. But Huawei is now changing from its previous stance.

In March, Huawei demanded the U.S. government its ban on equipment imports and also filed a lawsuit against it for violating the Constitution.

"The U.S. Congress has not been able to come up with a proper basis for limiting the use of Huawei products," said Guo Ping, chairman of the Circular Association. The restriction is unconstitutional and could damage U.S. consumers by excluding Huawei from fair competition

The U.S. has banned all Chinese mobile communication equipment makers such as Huawei and ZTE from using equipment after a report on Huawei's national security threats was released by the House Intelligence Committee in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has continued to increase pressure on Chinese companies by suspending ZTE's import and export of products in April last year. In addition, the U.S. has urged its allies to exclude Huawei's products from the 5G equipment business because China's National Intelligence Act, enacted in 2017, contains a clause that says "Chinese companies should cooperate with the government's intelligence activities."

Due to the influence of the U.S., countries along the Pacific coast, including Canada and Japan, showed that they would not use Huawei's products until early this year.

However, the situation seems to be turning around as a positive assessment of Huawei has recently been made around Europe. It was in Britain last February that a rift began in earnest in the U.S.'s Huawei exclusion alliance. On February 19, Britain said it was "difficult" to get Huawei out of the country. On the same day, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern also said she would not rule out Huawei. 

The German government also said, "It is legally impossible to exclude certain 5G equipment manufacturers directly. There are no plans to exclude certain companies."

As the situation turned out, U.S. President Donald Trump also took a step back in late February, saying on Twitter that the U.S. wants to win through competition without blocking existing cutting-edge technologies.

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