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Huawei: Banned and Permitted In Which Countries? List and FAQ

Welcome to page three. Here are additional company and country updates involving Huawei, sorted alphabetically.


University of Oxford: The university said in January 2018 that it would no longer accept new donations and sponsorships to fund research from Huawei. Source: CNBC, January 18, 2019.


United Arab Emirates (UAE): A telecom company called du has discussed U.S. restrictions on Huawei with the Chinese company, and believes the restrictions will not hamper its 5G network, its chief executive said. Source: Reuters, July 24, 2019.

Continue to page two of two for Huawei-related policy statements from the United Kingdom, the United States, and more.



United Kingdom: Multiple updates…

  • A $2 billion effort by Huawei to address security issues raised in a 2018 British government report will take between three and five years to produce results, according to a Huawei letter to British lawmakers. Source: Reuters, February 6, 2019.
  • British security officials do not support a full ban of Huawei from national telecoms networks despite U.S. allegations the Chinese firm and its products could be used by Beijing for spying. SourceReuters, February 17, 2019.
  • A UK government review involving a potential Huawei ban from UK networks should be completed in March 2019, although its findings may be too sensitive to publish. Source: Sky News.
  • The UK government-led board that oversees vetting of Huawei gear in Britain said continued problems with the company’s software development had brought “significantly increased risk to UK operators.” Source: Reuters, March 28, 2019.\
  • A top cyber-security official has said Huawei’s “shoddy” engineering practices mean its mobile network equipment could be banned from Westminster and other sensitive parts of the UK. Source: BBC, April 8,  2019,
  • Huawei poses such a grave security risk to the United Kingdom that the government must reconsider its decision to give it a limited role in building 5G networks, a former head of Britain’s MI6 foreign spy service said. Source: Reuters, May 16, 2019.
  • Britain’s biggest mobile operator EE aims to launch the country’s first 5G service in late May 2019, but it will not offer Huawei handsets until the Chinese company’s future becomes clear following its row with the United States. Source: Reuters, May 22, 2019.
  • Britain’s new prime minister must urgently make a decision on the role China’s Huawei will have in next-generation 5G networks as the ongoing debate is damaging international relations, a powerful committee of British lawmakers said. Source: Reuters, July 18, 2019.
  • Britain on July 22, 2019 postponed a decision on whether Huawei could participate in building next-generation 5G mobile networks until it had a clearer picture of the impact of U.S. measures taken against the Chinese company. Source: Reuters, July 22, 2019.
  • Boris Johnson is preparing to allow Huawei to win access to Britain’s future 5G telecoms network — endorsing the Theresa May decision that sparked a cabinet crisis. Source: The Sunday Times, October 27, 2019.
  • U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has warned UK about allowing Huawei into its 5G telecommunications networks, saying such a move would pose a risk to UK’s secret intelligence services, the Financial Times reported. Source: Reuters, December 24, 2019.
  • The United States is making a final pitch to Britain ahead of a U.K. decision on whether to upgrade its telecoms network with Huawei equipment, amid threats to cut intelligence-sharing ties. Source: Reuters, January 8, 2020.
  • A delegation of U.S. officials will arrive in Britain on January 13, 2020, to try to persuade Britain not to use Huawei equipment in the upgrade of its telecoms network. Source: Reuters, January 13, 2020.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said those opposed to the use of equipment made by China’s Huawei in the UK’s new 5G networks need to say what alternative technology should be used instead, Reuters reports. U.S. government officials presented the British government with new evidence on Monday about the risks of using Huawei equipment, branding it “madness”, according to reports. Source: Reuters, January 14, 2020.
  • Britain’s BT and Vodafone are considering urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to risk the rollout of next generation mobile networks by banning Huawei. Source: Reuters, January 17, 2020.
  • U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will put his friendship with President Trump to the test this week as he is poised to allow Huawei a role in the country’s fifth-generation wireless broadband networks. Source: Bloomberg, January 27, 2020.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson granted Huawei a limited role in Britain’s 5G mobile network, frustrating a global attempt by the United States to exclude the Chinese telecoms giant from the West’s next-generation communications. Source: Reuters, January 27, 2020.
  • The United States urged Britain to look again at its decision to allow China’s Huawei a limited role in 5G networks, cautioning that American information should only pass across trusted networks. Source: Reuters, January 29, 2020.
  • Britain’s parliamentary defense committee will investigate the security of the country’s 5G mobile network, the group of lawmakers said, amid continued concerns about the role of Huawei. Source: Reuters, March 6, 2020.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces his first rebellion, over the government’s decision to allow China’s Huawei a role in building the country’s 5G phone network. Source: Reuters, March 10, 2020.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson on defeated his first party rebellion over a government decision to allow Huawei to have a role in building Britain’s 5G phone network. Source: Reuters, March 10, 2020.
  • HSBC Holdings  Chairman Mark Tucker has warned Britain against a ban on Huawei, claiming the bank could face reprisals in China. Source: Reuters, June 7, 2020.
  • The head of the NATO military alliance said the West could not ignore the rise of China and so it was important that Britain had a review of the role of Huawei in its 5G network to ensure its security. Source: Reuters reports.
  • British security officials have told UK telecom operators to ensure they have adequate stockpiles of Huawei equipment due to fears that new U.S. sanctions will disrupt the Chinese firm’s ability to maintain critical supplies. Source: Reuters, June 19, 2020.
  • United Kingdom officials are drawing up proposals to stop installing Huawei equipment in as little as six months, in a reversal of a decision earlier this year. Sources: The Sunday Telegraph and Reuters, July 5, 2020.
  • Huawei has requested a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to work out a deal to delay its potential removal from the country’s 5G phone network. Source: Reuters, July 12, 2020.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network in a landmark decision that will anger Beijing but win plaudits from President Donald Trump as the United States grapples with China’s rising economic and technological clout. Source: Reuters, July 13, 2020.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain’s 5G network by 2027, risking the ire of China by signaling that the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker is no longer welcome in the West. Source: Reuters, July 13, 2020.
  • China warned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that his decision to ban Huawei from the 5G network would cost Britain dearly in investment, casting the move as the result of politicized pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump. Source: Reuters, July 15, 2020.
  • The U.S. and British foreign ministers agreed to promote the development of “additional trusted 5G solutions,” the U.S. State Department said, two days after Britain decided to purge Huawei equipment from its 5G network by 2027. Source: Reuters, July 16, 2020.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will discuss ways to tackle the growing might of China when he meets Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson on July 21, just a week after London ordered a purge of Huawei gear from the 5G network. Source: Reuters, July 21, 2020.


United States: Multiple updates…

  • Huawei and ZTE technology will largely be banned from use by the US government and government contractors, according to the Defense Authorization Act, which President Trump signed in August 2018. Source: The Verge, August 2018.
  • President Trump is weighing an executive order that could ban Chinese telecommunications gear from U.S. networks, but the plan is facing resistance from U.S. carriers in rural areas whose networks run on Huawei equipment. Source: The Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2019.
  • Huawei is ready to face any extra security measures required to remain in the race to develop next-generation 5G networks in central and eastern Europe, Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer at Huawei Technologies USA, said. Source: Reuters, February 13, 2019.
  • Huawei is preparing to sue the United States government for banning federal agencies from using the China-based company’s products, The New York Times reports. Source: The New York Times, March 4, 2019.
  • President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms posing a national security risk, paving the way for a ban on doing business with China’s Huawei, three U.S. officials familiar with the plan said. Source: Reuters, May 14, 2019.
  • The Trump administration officially added Huawei to a trade blacklist, immediately enacting restrictions that will make it extremely difficult for the telecom giant to do business with U.S. companies. Source: Reuters, May 16, 2019
  • Huawei faces numerous supply chain, chip and software partner challenges amid new U.S. regulations against the company. Google, Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, Broadcom and others are cutting supplies to Huawei, according to multiple reports. Source: ChannelE2E, May 20, 2019.
  • The United States has temporarily eased trade restrictions on China’s Huawei to minimize disruption for its customers, a move the founder of the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker said meant little because it was already prepared for U.S. action. Source: Reuters, May 20, 2019.
  • The U.S. administration is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision, media reports show, deepening worries that trade friction between the world’s top two economies could be further inflamed. Source: Reuters, May 21, 2019.
  • A Senate bill floated on May 22, 2019 aims to help U.S. networks extract equipment made by Huawei, setting aside $700 million to subsidize the overhaul amid escalating fears about the Chinese telecom giant. Source: Law360, May 22, 2019.
  • Huawei filed a motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit against the U.S. government, in the telecoms equipment maker’s latest bid to fight sanctions from Washington that threaten to push it out of global markets. Source: Reuters, May 28. 2019.
  • The White House’s acting budget chief is pushing for a delay in implementing key provisions of a law that restricts the U.S. government’s business with Huawei Technologies Co., citing the burdens on U.S. companies that use its technology. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2019.
  • The White House Office of Management and Budget has told the U.S. Congress it will now meet a two-year deadline to ban federal contracts with companies that do business with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, part of a defense law passed last year, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Source: Reuters, June 13, 2019.
  • President Trump is looking to require next-generation 5G cellular equipment used in the United States to be designed and manufactured outside China. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2019.
  • Large U.S. technology companies in the direct sights of the Trump administration’s ban on exports to Huawei are finding ways to resume some shipments to the blacklisted Chinese tech giant without running afoul of American regulations. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2019.
  • About a dozen rural U.S. telecom carriers that depend on Huawei for network gear are in discussions with its biggest rivals, Ericsson and Nokia, to replace their Chinese equipment. Source: Reuters, June 25, 2019.
  • President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a cease-fire on trade that will remove some curbs on Huawei Technologies Co. buying high-tech equipment from the U.S., for the moment lifting one cloud over the global economy. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2019.
  • The U.S. government filed a motion on July 4 asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit by Huawei that claimed the United States had acted illegally when it blacklisted Huawei’s products. Source: Reuters, July 4, 2019.
  • Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives introduced bills to keep tight restrictions on Huawei, amid concern about President Donald Trump’s easing of curbs on the Chinese firm. Source: Reuters, July 16, 2019.
  • A month after President Donald Trump said he would allow U.S. companies to resume selling to blacklisted Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, his administration has done little to clarify what sales will be permitted. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2019.
  • The U.S. agency responsible for government contracts has released an interim rule for a ban on federal purchases of telecommunications equipment from five Chinese companies, including Huawei. Source: Reuters, August 8, 2019.
  • President Trump indicated that the United States will make no purchases from Huawei. The statement pressured U.S. technology chip supplier stocks — particularly those that sell components to Huawei. Source: CNBC television
  • The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, two sources familiar with the situation said. Source: Reuters, August 18, 2019.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on August 20, 2019, that United States was not sending “mixed messages” on Huawei and he does not believe a U.S. blacklist of the Chinese telecommunications giant will block a trade deal with Beijing. Source: Reuters, August 20, 2019.
  • Huawei used code names and secret subsidiaries to conduct business in Syria, Sudan and Iran, the U.S. alleged in the extradition case related to sanctions violations against the company’s chief financial officer. Source: Bloomberg, August 21, 2019.
  • U.S. prosecutors are looking into additional instances of alleged technology theft by Huawei Technologies Co., according to people familiar with the matter, potentially expanding beyond existing criminal cases against the Chinese telecommunications giant. Source: The Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2019.
  • The United States and Poland believe suppliers of 5G network equipment should be rigorously evaluated for foreign government control, a joint declaration signed on September 3, 2019, said, as Washington pressures allies to exclude China from 5G networks. Source: Reuters, September 2, 2019.
  • The United States has raised its concerns with Gulf allies over a possible security risk in using Huawei’s technology for their 5G mobile infrastructure, Reuters reports. Huawei has repeatedly denied the U.S. allegations, which were raised during a visit by FCC Chair Ajit Pai to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, all of which are using its equipment, the report says. Source: Reuters, September 12, 2019.
  • Huawei is in early-stage talks with some U.S. telecoms companies about licensing its 5G network technology to them. Source: Reuters, October 18, 2019.
  • The FCC plans to vote in November 2019 to designate China’s Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, barring their U.S. rural carrier customers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment or services. Source: Reuters, October 28, 2019.
  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said licenses for U.S. companies to sell components to Huawei will come “very shortly,” in an interview with Bloomberg. Source: Reuters crediting Bloomberg, November 3, 2019.
  • Huawei and ZTE “cannot be trusted,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr said, labeling the Chinese firms a security threat as he backed a proposal to bar U.S. rural wireless carriers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment or services from them. Source: Reuters, November 14, 2019.
  • The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 5-0 to designate China’s Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, barring their U.S. rural carrier customers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment. Source: Reuters, November 22, 2019.
  • The Trump administration considered banning Huawei from the U.S. financial system earlier this year as part of a host of policy options to thwart the blacklisted telecoms equipment giant, according to three people familiar with the matter. Source: Reuters, December 3, 2019.
  • The U.S. government is weighing new limits on sales of chips and other vital components to Huawei, sparking another furious round of lobbying by technology companies. Source: Bloomberg, December 17, 2019.
  • The FCC plans to accept public comments until Feb. 3 on its determination that Huawei and ZTE pose national security risks. Source: Reuters, January 3, 2020.
  • The U.S. Commerce Department has withdrawn a rule aimed at further reducing sales to Huawei amid concerns from the Defense Department the move would harm U.S. businesses.  Source: Reuters, January 24, 2020.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday discussed the security of telecommunications networks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the White House said, as Britain nears a decision on Huawei’s role in the country’s future 5G network. Source: Reuters, January 24, 2020.
  • Huawei and ZTE both asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to finalize its designation of the China tech giants as risks to U.S. national security. Source: Reuters, February 3, 2020.
  • U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the United States and its allies should consider the highly unusual step of taking a “controlling stake” in Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson to counter China-based Huawei’s dominance in next-generation 5G wireless technology. Source: Reuters, February 6, 2020.
  • The Pentagon is likely to back new U.S. restrictions on Huawei, reversing earlier opposition to a proposal meant to further crack down on exports to the blacklisted Chinese company. Source: Reuters, February 12, 2020.
  • Huawei and two of its U.S. subsidiaries were charged with racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to steal trade secrets in a federal indictment. Source: The Wall Street Journal, February 13, 2020.
  • A federal judge in Texas rejected Huawei’s constitutional challenge to a U.S. law that restricted its ability to do business with federal agencies and their contractors. Source: Reuters, February 18, 2020.
  • The Trump administration is considering changing U.S. regulations to allow it to block shipments of chips to Huawei from companies such as Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, two sources familiar with the matter said. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2020.
  • The United States will host a conference in March 2020 or so on 5G that U.S. President Donald Trump will attend and that will include companies such as Samsung Electronics. Source: Reuters, February 21, 2020.
  • The Senate passed a bill that would prohibit the use of federal funds to purchase equipment from Huawei and provide $1 billion for rural telecom companies to replace equipment from the Chinese tech giant that the U.S. has blacklisted. Source: ABC News, February 28, 2020.
  • Members of the U.S. Congress  took another step to try to prod Britain to reverse its decision to allow Huawei to build portions of the UK’s next generation 5G networks. Source: Reuters, March 4, 2020.
  • The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would require the Trump administration to identify security threats and possible fixes within the equipment and software that support 5G wireless networks. Source: Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2020.
  • A senior U.S. envoy on Monday pressed Canada about Ottawa’s forthcoming decision on whether to allow Huawei to take part in its 5G network, a move Washington opposes, officials said. Source: Reuters, March 9, 2020.
  • President Trump signed legislation to bar telecom carriers from using U.S. subsidies to purchase network equipment from Huawei, ZTE and other companies deemed a national security threat. The law also requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a program to assist small providers with the costs of removing prohibited equipment or services from their networks and replacing it. Source: Reuters, March 10, 2020.
  • The Trump administration moved to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei Technologies from global chipmakers, in an action that could ramp up tensions with China. Source: Reuters, May 15, 2020.
  • The United States confirmed a Reuters report that it will amend its prohibitions on U.S. companies doing business with Huawei to allow them to work together on setting standards for next-generation 5G networks. Source: Reuters, June 15, 2020.
  • A new U.S. rule regarding Huawei is a needed “clarification” to help develop standards, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said, adding that security concerns remain over the telecoms equipment maker. Source: Reuters, June 17, 2020.
  • The Trump administration plans to finalize regulations this week that will bar the U.S. government from buying goods or services from any company that uses products from five Chinese companies including Huawei, Hikvision and Dahua. Source: Reuters, July 9, 2020.
  • The U.S. and British foreign ministers agreed to promote the development of “additional trusted 5G solutions,” the U.S. State Department said, two days after Britain decided to purge Huawei equipment from its 5G network by 2027. Source: Reuters, July16, 2020.
  • Ramped-up U.S. restrictions on Huawei are likely to choke the Chinese company’s access to even off-the-shelf chips, threaten its crown as the world’s largest smartphone maker and disrupt global tech supply, executives and experts warned. Source: Reuters, August 18, 2020.
  • U.S. authorities allege Huawei used an obscure Hong Kong-registered company to sidestep American economic sanctions on Iran between 2007 and 2014. Huawei has said it sold the business in 2007 and denies any wrongdoing. Source: Reuters, September 16, 2020.


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Verizon Communications: The telecom giant in early January 2018 dropped all plans to sell Huawei phones under pressure from the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter. The move followed AT&T’s decision in early January 2018 not to introduce the Mate 10 Pro to the U.S. market. Huawei devices still work on both companies’ networks, but direct sales would’ve allowed them to reach more consumers than they can through third parties. Source: Bloomberg, January 29, 2018.


Vodafone: Multiple updates…

  • Although it will replace Huawei from its core infrastructure, it will not replace the company’s technology in radio access networks. Source: Tom’s Hardware, January 31, 2019.
  • The company has “paused” deployment of Huawei equipment in its core networks until Western governments give the Chinese firm full security clearance. However, Vodafone has Huawei as one of its technology partners in 5G testing in Milan. Source: Reuters, February 7, 2019.
  • Vodafone told Bloomberg in April 2019 that it found hidden back doors in Huawei’s technology in 2011 and 2012. The issues were resolved at that time but the revelation may further damage Huawei’s reputation, Bloomberg asserts. Source: Bloomberg, April 30, 2019.

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65 Comments

Comments

    Sndi:

    Can anyone explain the security issues with the Huawei equipment?
    I mean the details of where the leaks and back door are present. I have work with huawri OSN (core equipement). There was nothing very suspicious about the operation.

    Joe Panettieri:

    To the best of my knowledge, there are no smoking guns against Huawei in terms of back doors for China’s government.
    -jp

    Mona L Featherston:

    Does this include all Huawei smart phones? I have a Huawei Model # H1611 that I purchased in 2017 from Wal-Mart through the Straight Talk ATT prepaid. Is it safe to use?

    Arek:

    what about Japan ?

    Joe Panettieri:

    Mona: Check in directly with your service provider for information. Our Huawei coverage above mainly involves 5G network deployments.

    Arek: You raise a great question about Japan. Sorry we didn’t have that info earlier. We’ve updated the article to include Japan’s statement about Huawei.
    -jp

    Sandip:

    I want to add something to this, the U.S.A. might be banning Huawei products as it doesn’t want to lose its privilege of becoming a leader in telecommunications.

    mae:

    Hi, i’m a student about to travel to the United States for an exchange program and my parents recently bought me a Huawei phone. Am I gonna be stopped in immigration for this?

    Alain Bastien:

    If you think and fear it might be an issue exchange it for a Motorolla or iPhone.

    I don’t really think that they don’t have features which Huawei have which is highly indispensable

    Joe Panettieri:

    Mae: You won’t have any issues bringing the device into the country.

    TH:

    Huawei needs to be banned. Assisting China -will fully or forced- with spying, stealing other companies’ intellectual property. Now Huawei wants to temporary suspend spying and intellectual property stealing now that many recognize the horrible details of this company? They shouldn’t be rewarded for this; many other companies play by the rules. And also, really silly that this article is very anti-USA and very pro-Huawei.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi TH: I’d be curious to know why you believe the article is anti-USA and pro-Huawei?
    -jp

    David Friedmann:

    Next phone to have. I think it’s safer without google apps 🙂

    Man:

    can huwaei sell it 5G equipment to any country after the USA ban specially the equipment has more than 25% of the USA products in it?

    Olivier:

    Thank you for the great summary

    Mari Roma:

    What about Filipino (Philippines) Huawei Users?

    Zel:

    I think that US has banned Huawei because the company was trying to be like an Apple, that’s restricting info sharing with android phones. If Apple can do so, why can’t Huawei? Just a thought.
    And Huawei has better features than Apple, at a lower cost, which made them rise at the top of telco race. Based on my observation, Apple users think they’re some what elite coz it’s made exclusively for them – higher cost, and sharing is limited among iOS users.
    On some thought, this banning issue is to pave the way for other telcos, like Nokia and Ericsson that have been silent for quite sometime.

    Flo:

    All in All, I’m kinda happy that all US applications or whatsoever get banned from using Huawei.
    Now I feel safer using Huawei device and I prefer it that way.
    No other country exploit user private data as the US do.
    I live in Europe and I rather have my intel ending in China than in the US where they will be hacked by Russia …
    China is a safe bet if we have to believe everything US government says.

    Gio Agnes:

    Hi there! I ask some question, I hope it will be answered.

    Actually I decided to buy new Huawei P30 Lite this month of June here in Philippines.

    Is this still safe? Because I am thinking it might if it is not working cause of issues spreading about banning in some countries and I am worrying if after I bought my new phone here in Philippines it is not working in after a few months.

    I am Filipino.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Dear Gio, Mari, and other readers who inquired about Huawei smartphones in the Philippines: ChannelE2E does not have first-hand information to share. This article from Rappler may provide some guidance to you. But please note that we are not affiliated with that publication, and we have not directly confirmed the details/opinions contained in that article.
    -jp

    JORGE BARREIRO:

    Joe Panettieri: I hope you don’t believe in Santa Claus too! China’s Government involved in Huawei and espionage is written in the cover of any book!

    Cloudy:

    @ Flo:

    I suppose you could say the US spies on its own people (and they do), but that doesn’t absolve the fact that China is doing the same thing in a much more pervasive way. The US should stop doing this, and likewise for China. To be fair, I wouldn’t believe what either of those governments (US or China) says, because we all know it’s rigged and nothing more than a bunch of lies intended to sway our opinions to benefit them.

    However, as you know, the Chinese government likes to constantly monitor the social media sites, and censorship is widely used (courtesy of the Great Firewall of China). For you to be living outside China, at least you could voice your opinions without either having it blocked off due to political reasons and/or maybe even hunted down by Communist-brainwashed police (China has a really spotty record when it comes to human rights and democracy). It gets worse when the Chinese government jumps over their own Firewall to spread pro-China and pro-Communist propaganda on Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and other websites that are inaccessible by their own people; so they’re basically breaking their own rules to extend their reach to try to influence people outside of China.

    Let’s also not forget how China is treating the people in Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc, to the point where they want to leave China and their manipulative ways, but then China is making things even worse for them. In 2007, Beijing said it would not interfere with the 2017 elections in Hong Kong, but they broke their promise and that led to the Umbrella Revolution and other such protests. Of course, the Chinese government turns it around and censors the truth from their own people, then goes as far as to spreading fake news on the state-influenced TV (i.e., saying the 1 million protesters in front of the Legislative Council building are there to celebrate the national holiday… and people actually believe any of that). It’s a sad state of affairs when people are beaten, tortured, or even killed for expressing critical views of the government, kind of like 1984 becoming reality.

    In any case, Huawei should be banned because it’s not conducive or helpful to the civilized, democratic world. Chinese companies are forced by the Chinese government to create backdoors or other means to facilitate the government in spying into the software or social media for the purpose of censorship and undermining peoples’ human rights. We cannot allow this to happen in our 1st world countries because we may as well be enabling the Communist regime in the furtherance of these violations on our own people.

    Harris:

    Spain update: The country rolls out 5G network using Huawei gear.

    Sources:
    https://www.rt.com/business/461954-spain-5g-network-huawei/amp/

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/16/c_138146413.htm

    BTW, all (supposed to be US-allies) Arabian gulf countries will use (and some of them already using) Huawei for their 5G networks, and the first is Kuwait which started (from yesterday, 15th of June) selling Huawei’s 5G CPE Pro router from all 3 operators (Ooredoo, Zain, VIVA). Qatar also offering the same Huawei device with all package plans starting from this week.

    Not to mention Huawei won a contract with biggest Russian operator earlier. And Brasil expressed its willingness to cooperate with Huawei for 5G deployment, ignoring all US warnings.

    Huawei clearly won the 5G race.
    Banning the company in the US because of “spying” allegations will not cancel the contracts or the already deployed networks and won’t do any good for Americans themselves because less competition will harm the consumer eventually.

    Hongster:

    Evidence for Huawei engaging in espionage: 0

    Evidence for American Gov spying using American companies: There is a whole wikipedia page about it thanks to NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden. These global surveillance partners include but not limited to Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Google, British Telecom, Verizon, Vodafone. Details here.

    Alain Bastien:

    The NSA global surveillance is meant to avoid attacks such as the 9/11 tragedy.

    Huawei stole the mobile technology from Motorola the inventor.

    Huawei stoke the CISCO code and Hardware manufacturing.

    https://www.prosperousamerica.org/top_five_cases_of_huawei_ip_theft_and_patent_infringement

    Willy H:

    It’s really baffling and abhorrent how the common people (e.g. here in the comments) would bow to and blindly accept what the propagandists are saying. You actually think Huawei phones have been inserted with backdoor? Ridiculous! That’s an excuse by the US for its own nationalistic ambitions. It’s clear they do not want a Chinese company to lead in 5G so they’re doing everything they can to prevent it from happening. Huawei is easily the leader of 5G development in the world, no other company is even near.

    Xiong:

    Lets not get confused between Huawei and Chinese government nor Apple or AT&T or Google and US government. Like it or not ALL GOVERNMENTS spy on their own and others outside their countries. Do not be naive to think the US or EU are any more innocent then China. Lets accept this and move on. Leave politics away from business!

    Bobby:

    “To the best of my knowledge, there are no smoking guns against Huawei in terms of back doors for China’s government.”

    Huawei SW has been developped in a way that backdoors can be added afterwards by Huawei or other Chinese technicals. China wants to conquer the world and Huawei is under Chinese government so who will really trust Huawei and their words. Remember that China is not a western country or a democratic country. Do you really trust the admistration of China? Dont be naives.

    Alex:

    “Like it or not ALL GOVERNMENTS spy on their own and others outside their countries. Do not be naive to think the US or EU are any more innocent then China. Lets accept this and move on. Leave politics away from business!”

    Especially western countries dont want that China will spy them. China will not respect IPR at all. Chinese covernment pays Huaweis bills so Huawei is not a normal company. And Huawei is not a private company. China does not understand what private means.

    Wakeup:

    There is a Huawei 5G network in China now, and look at how the Chinese Social Credit System works. If you say something bad about the government online, you are recorded, and your social credit system will be decreased. As a consequence of that, the person cannot buy a train or flight ticket. Some people are jailed for it. Huawei is providing information to the Chinese government in China right now, how to stop Huawei from providing information to the Chinese government in the future? It cannot be stopped. In China, if a company does not do what the government asks it to do, the company is dead. The director is dead. Do not listen to what Zhengfei Ren said, look at what he does, and how Huawei grew over the years. It is profoundly linked to the Chinese Government. Ban on Huawei is necessary to preserve modern democracy and rule of law. When there is a war between the West and China, will you think that Huawei would protect the information of the Western people they collected, and not send them to the Chinese government? Hell NO.

    Devon Seamoor:

    Just for your information, China uses a social credit system, controlling its citizens’ behavior and opinions. Every Chinese customer, buying a smartphone, needs to offer a picture of its face. That picture is used for face recognition so that all communication leaving the smartphone of that person is identified as coming from that person. The excuse that someone else used the phone and made a negative remark, is done and over with. Control of smartphones exists for some time.

    When that person shares negative comments about the Chinese government and other Chinese authorities, the retribution may be a blocking of one’s internet connection or emptying that person’s bank account. The Chinese government has access to all bank accounts of its citizens and in that way, it has become “Big Brother watching you”

    Besides, there’s been protests in the streets of cities where residents discovered streetlights where cameras and microphones record the conversation of phone calls of passers-by. That’s the smart LED lamp technology. Part of the 5G installation is a network of LED lamp technology, connecting the cell towers in your neighborhood. Beware of spying eyes!

    compro:

    If you are able to detect it as a end user. Then Huawei has failed in its product design!
    True or not we never know. One thing for sure is Huawei is super attractive in term of price.
    If you feel comfortable with Huawei, why not as it save lots of money.

    Devon Seamoor:

    Compro, at the cost of your privacy and health? You must live in a narrow bandwidth reality, I suppose.
    This discussion isn’t about the cost of things or services, it’s about the reasons why many people are critical.
    And that’s got nothing to do with the price. You’re very naive.

    Devon Seamoor:

    This is my response to what’s shared here earlier: “To the best of my knowledge, there are no smoking guns against Huawei in terms of back doors for China’s government.
    -jp”

    Please, keep in mind that Trojan horses aren’t supposed to be detected before they ‘re jumping into action.
    It’s naive, to ask questions about where the proof can be found of spying activity, in the virtual world. Related to Huawei’s program and service. Of course, there’s no chance that this is found, it would destroy all that is intended by Huawei.

    The answer to such a question, about evidence that spying is involved within Huawei’s system, can be found by looking into the measures China is taking, monitoring its population by smart technology. To me, it’s evident what the answer is.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Devon: Thanks for the healthy debate. Portions of the US government certainly share your concerns. We’ll continue to track worldwide perspectives on Huawei deployments and the associated security debate.
    -jp

    Joe Kaufman:

    This is a bunch of rubbish, even the EU and many other countries say that the US presented no evidence. Believe what you will, but there are only the US and a couple other five eyes countries that has limited or banned Huawei altogether. Canada is a five eyes member and is currently sitting on a post contemplating whether to grow a spine to defy American demands.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Joe: Thanks for the note. If you study our coverage in its entirety, I hope you’ll find that we’ve covered dozens of countries and their specific decisions on Huawei. We realize the U.S. is only one voice in far larger IT world.
    -jp

    Miles:

    Hi Joe,
    What are your overall thoughts on huawei? Still no smoking gun?

    Debating whether to keep my Huawei devices, although this may be different to 5g technology I know.

    I’m not bothered if they see my nudes, just want to make the right decision for the world 😂

    Thanks
    Miles

    Joe Panettieri:

    Miles: On the device front, I think the U.S. trade ban limits Huawei’s ability to leverage Google services/Google apps. Details here. I’m not choosing sides, but I suspect those limitations (and others) will limit Huawei’s mobile device success in North America. Still, I’m not an expert on the topic. We’ve focused most of the blog above on government issues rather than device considerations.
    -jp

    Miles:

    Thanks Joe, galaxy s20 it is 👍🏻

    Katherine:

    Why do you think the Huawei products are priced so far below their western competitors? Subsidized. That is how they get a large uptake of their equipment into public hands to further their data collection efforts. People are too foolish to think beyond price. People download apps without reading what they are agreeing to all the time. How much facial recognition data has been collected by Tiktok just in the past 3 months? Now the Chinese are moving into space and satellite technology in a big way. Want to live under communist or totalitarian rule? Educate yourselves. Be aware, and be cautious. Spend your money carefully. The cheapest option is rarely the best option. There are consequences to everything you do.

    Peter:

    Products from China are cheaper in general. Doesn’t mean they are all subsidized. Why do successful Chinese companies have to be demonized? More money means for success for China. What data are all those US apps collecting and why do they have to collect them? Tiktok is bad because it may be collecting the same data or because it is Chinese? I call it jealousy that a non-Western company like Huawei can actually be better than a Western company. Snowden already showed how much spying the US is doing. Remember the US spied on the German Chancellor so it is very hypocritical for the US to go around scaring other countries about being spied upon by China. What reason is there for the US to prevent non-US companies from selling products that contain US components to Huawei ? That has nothing to do with national security.
    And for anyone to tie democracy and not using anything Chinese, that is just xenophobia propaganda and brainwashing. Western media is very anti-China and you have to try hard to find the truth. Has anyone even bothered to read the US national security laws and compared them to the national security law of China which includes Hong Kong? Spreading so many negative lies has given rise to so much hate crimes on all the Asian communities since Westerners cant tell Chinese from other east Asians.

    Jake Dee:

    I was going to post a comment but everything has been said. The bottom line seems to be that if the Chinese Government continues to conduct itself in the manner that it is with regard to its own citizens and those of Tibet, Hong Kong , Taiwan, the Uighurs not to mention the rest of the World, eventually no one will want its products.

    I have a sense this is only the beginning and aggressive rhetoric is not going to help their cause. They have a lot of ground to make up if they want to rejoin the rest of civilisation.

    Peter:

    Jake: Sounds like just your opinion since there is no facts. Lets see examples of US aggression. Iraq WMD lies to start a war. Providing Saudis with weapon to kill Yemen children. Aiding the Hong Kong rioters. Threatening to block Venezuela receiving Iran oil tankers and aide. Attempted murder of Venezuela president. The murder of Iranian general without a declaration of war. The list goes on and on. The US also loves sanctions. Nord stream 2 sanctions, sanctions on Canada, Europe, ICC judges, and anyone who disagrees with the US. Weaponizing the dollar to punish countries. Pretty soon you will have to find countries not sanctioned by the US. Use Canada to kidnap Chinese CFO but nothing to Enron, Sanders executives. Destroying the competition Alstom, Toshiba and now trying to do the same to leading Chinese companies. US police brutality everywhere. When the truth comes out, which you and the media try so hard to hide, it will be the US that will have to find a way to rejoin civilization. Bottom line is remember Pompeo’s saying: “We lie, we cheat, we steal.” So how can you trust the US. Don’t forget Snowden and Assange.

    Big Facts:

    @Devon Seamoor thanks for your rational points and agree with you. Issue is more with Chinese Govt than organizations from China. They have to rely on authoritarian Communist regime. It is important to understand that till this date China has restricted its citizen from accessing global internet and platforms and created a controlled, monitored environment. Why?

    If a Govt suspects and monitors so much on its own citizen then what it can do with other countries data keeping in mind that it has territorial and commercial aggression plan. It has territorial dispute with 24 countries and has defied rulings of UN over island belonging to Philippines. This will not be tolerated and it is matter of time before it will slowly garner more issues for not just Huawei rather more companies from China.

    Those asking proof of snooping please understand at device level you can modify and much easily manipulate security footprints. Those mentioning Wikipedia, please understand Wiki is maintained by group of people and it has become a trend of locked article editable by a cult of operators with vested agenda. It is no more neutral.

    Naireip:

    This is great info. Thanks!

    Real Facts:

    @Devon Global internet has so much hate on it and is totally anti-china. Would you want your children looking at BLM or anti-US lies or anything they want on the internet? Who are you to tell your neighbor if they want to restrict their family from certain websites? Long story short because it looks like my reply using similarities between BLM narrative and what US is doing to China was deleted. Remember Snowden and Assange on US spying so stop pointing finger at China. I have to remind you of Pompeo saying “we lie, we cheat, we steal”. And you trust what he says? If you don’t believe wikipedia, where do you get your info? Pompeo? Tell me which us media outlet has a “vested agenda” less than wiki. You can’t.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Real Facts, all readers: Yes, some comments in this thread have been deleted. The topic/focus of the article is where Huawei is banned and permitted. That said, we strive to keep the comment thread focused on that topic, and delete comments that go off topic. We also delete comments that we perceive to be shouting matches vs. other readers — rather than constructive dialog. But I want to emphasize: Constructive criticism delivered in a professional tone, on message with the story topic, remains welcome.

    Joe Panettieri
    Joe@AfterNines.com
    EVP, After Nines Inc., ChannelE2E and MSSP Alert

    Real Facts:

    @Joe Thanks for showing that censorship exists in the west too and there are posts that don’t even mention Huawei and are just China bashing. But here’s my take on Huawei. There is no evidence that it has any more security issues than any other company but is banned just on the false accusations that something “might” happen because they are Chinese. Can I as a business owner in the US ban a race because of my fear that they are more prone to violence? In this case you can search for violent crime statistics based on race, but no such information is shown for Huawei security issues. There is more evidence of US threats. That is the hypocrisy of those who say Huawei should be banned because it has to follow China rules. Same can be said about Microsoft, google, Boeing, and those who did not Enron, Goldman Sachs, lehman brothers. In short, the US is trying to make an enemy by increasing Sinophobia and engaging in economic war. Sounds familiar to what is shown is history books. The US wants “transparency” and so should be honest and admit they just want to destroy the competition and all options are on the table.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Real Facts: Thank you for raising your points and concerns in a professional manner. I do appreciate it. You also raise a point about some of the comments further above allegedly bashing China. I will give the thread(s) a closer look, and we will work hard to keep the comment areas informative rather than inflammatory. We’re not perfect. But we”ll always strive to make improvements.
    -jp

    Dan:

    I believe the real issue is war. The risk of war has increased, this is fact. If an enemy controls your communication network they can either spy on your operations or sabotage your networks. Both would be hugely advantageous in war. We must prepare for the worst as times have changed. I think it has very little to do with china spying on the everyday citizen.

    Jeff Wong:

    What I don’t understand is why Chinese are so angry? Don’t they see they have been banning Western tech products and services for decades, actually almost twenty years of bans. Just look at the list in Wikipedia of the hundreds of websites and apps banned in China, many of them quite benign. Heck even Winnie the Pooh, a children’s character is banned. Doesn’t this seem like the result of a paranoid totalitarian government and if we turn the arguments around it looks like China has only been trying to stop the rise of the West for decades!!! Now we only playing the same game and they start complaining foul which seems hypocritical. They even ban the entire outside internet!!! 7 countries, possibly 9 and many more are going to ban Huawei. What’s the problem? Chinese supporters of Huawei say China doesn’t need us, that they are powerful and strong without the West, if that’s the case then why are they so hellbent on dictating to us, why they so worried about us, just let us go, you’ll be fine without us? Seems really one way. Remember thousands of Western tech companies are banned in China. Pot calling the kettle black anyone?

    Dan:

    Excellent points. The ccp has always advocated it’s rights when it comes to national security. Their reasoning has always been they are protecting their soveriegnty from aggressive Western forces. However their recent actions do not match their rhetoric. They have broken international law in the south china sea and are threatening taiwan, an internationally reconigned country. This is not defensive but rather offensive. It is therefore entirely reasonable that some Western countries have raised their threat levels from “war is possible” to “war is likely”. It then is also entirely reasonable that infrastructure which is deemed as a national security such as telecommunications are protected. The ccp have done this. Why would we assume the West cannot do the same. It is not aggressive or racist. Simply preparing for a worst case sinario.

    Anand:

    Get Huawei Technologies and you will see more cyber hacks happening all over the world. “No Spy” agreement lol means nothing to the Chinese government. They can replay the top people in Huawei Technologies at a heart beat.

    Johari Wong:

    @ Jeff Wong
    Re: Heck even Winnie the Pooh, a children’s character is banned.

    Are you talking out of your a**e? Since when did China ban Winnie the Pooh? Have you been to China? I was transiting at Shanghai Pudong Airport early last year and I bought a Winnie the Pooh soft toy for my young nephew.

    One can only assume they dislike China and the Chinese and you seek to defame it at any opportunity.

    Anand:

    Lol only show how much you travel. In some countries things are available in the Airport Duty free but not available to the public outside the airport. So is poor Winnie.

    Takashi:

    As if US is not spying on us…..

    Joe Panettieri:

    Takashi: I respect your point. The U.S. media (including me) needs to work harder to understand and report on alleged U.S. digital spying activities.
    -jp

    Jeff:

    China only bans foreign products and services in China itself. US not only ban the sales of huawei in US, but also ready to sanction other countries who use huawei, which is ridiculous to say the least. Did China ban US products being used in OTHER countries?

    Petrichor:

    What about Vatican City State? Is their server / network Huawei because Rome’s is? You should list Vatican under “V”, not just lump it in with Italy. You should also list if Huawei runs the networks of tiny principalities like Andorra and Monaco.

    Vatican network was hacked by China recently to learn what their negotiating stance is on the up-and-coming renewal of the Vatican-China treaty (which China broke as soon as it was signed).

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Petrichor: You raise valid points in terms of Vatican City being independent of Italy. We’ll be updating our coverage accordingly.
    -jp

    Philemon:

    Wonderful article thank you Joe. Sorry but in this day and age tech and politics go hand in hand and the very reason for this article.
    It surprises me how naive some people are of Huawei and its connection to CCP.
    You only need to see their surveillance state to monitor, restrict and incarcerate people for express their views. Not to mention the many cyberattacks, intellectual theft etc. CCP recently launched their own satellite system in case of a war with the US. China seeks to dominate the world by all news especially tech. Have you heard of unrestricted warfare? A company backed by a state with atrocious human rights record justify the US’ actions. In saying that, the chinese are capable and destined for great breakthroughs but are pegged by their authoritarian regime. In constrast Taiwan a free and prosperous tech hub punching above its weight.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Philemon: Thanks for your readership. We’ll continue to update the content since multiple countries and tech companies continue to weigh in on the Huawei debate. And to reiterate: Huawei has always insisted that it has done nothing wrong, and that the company is not a back-door provider to the Chinese government.

    Best,
    -jp

    John Li:

    How many of you who are critical of China and CCP have been to China in the last 10 years? How many wars have China started or participated in in the last 30 years? How many countries have the US interfered with in the last 30 years? How many foreign military bases does the US has worldwide? How many countries have the US sanctioned? Please look in the mirror before accusing others.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi John Li: You raise important questions regarding the U.S. population’s collective knowledge (or lack of knowledge) regarding world events & geopolitical issues. We’re striving to keep this particular story and comment thread focused on Huawei, but the larger world view you mention certainly is important for all of us to keep in mind.
    -jp

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