This week, an interim regulation comes into effect to ban federal agencies from buying telecommunications and surveillance products from Huawei. The law is well overdue—in addition to protecting American intellectual property, the rule will finally help to safeguard the privacy of American citizens.
Despite Huawei’s insistence that it complies with American law, the company has shown a consistent and repeated disregard for the most basic principles of American commerce. From violating sanctions on selling American technology to Iran to blatantly stealing American inventions, the company allegedly rides roughshod over American regulations, both inside and out of the United States.
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Oliver McPherson-Smith , August 13, 2019
Even if Huawei’s executives are sincere in their intentions, many argue that the Chinese legal system enables Communist Party apparatchiks to compel the company to do their bidding. With no choice but to comply, Huawei’s position within the American telecommunications infrastructure becomes a liability.
It was because of security concerns like these that Australia, Japan, and New Zealand restricted Huawei’s participation in their 5G rollout. The problem is that even if the Chinese equipment appears benign, there is the risk that back doors and secret capabilities could be concealed within it.