The CEO of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has discouraged continued collaboration from several US lawmakers, who said the firm's research at more than 50 US universities posed a “significant threat” to national security.
Huawei is the world's largest manufacturer of telecommunications networking equipment and the third largest smartphone manufacturer. This is a private company, however, there are rumors about its ties with the Chinese government, which, however, the company itself has repeatedly denied
What's going on?
Last week, U.S. Congressmen Marco Rubio and Jim Banks wrote an open letter about Huawei on behalf of 24 Democratic and Republican lawmakers to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. In the letter, they stated that Huawei's innovative research program poses a “significant threat to national security,” allowing China to effectively copy research from the United States.
Legislators said such programs are part of China's "foreign technology acquisition toolkit."
US lawmakers have asked for an investigation into how China is trying to harvest technology from US campuses to protect the states' technological edge.
And it came to Australia
The company has undergone similar checks elsewhere. Earlier, Huawei Australia CEO John Lord was forced to write a refutation of rumors that the company will not be allowed to participate in the spread of 5G technology in the country
Lord stated that the ban on Huawei would be a "political decision" for Australia, as the accusations of Chinese government interference were unfounded and the current Australian government would not accept it.
Is China really copying American technology?
The answer to this question is obvious. Yes, of course it copies. It's enough to look at the clones of the iPhone and other equipment coming out from year to year. Some Chinese companies copy so brazenly that it is almost impossible to find 10 differences from the original.
What does Google have to do with it?
Among other things, American lawmakers urged American companies, including Google, to abandon joint projects with Chinese companies, as they constantly copy everything that falls into their hands. And this is a big threat to US security.
Google may opt out of cooperation with Huawei
It depends on how much support the initiative of American lawmakers will receive and whether it will find support, including Trump.
We have already seen how, for example, facebook and twitter have introduced special rules for accounts and advertising affiliated with USA. So the hope that digital companies can stay away from politics is no longer worth it.
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