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When President Trump banned both import of Huawei devices and export of hardware and software to Huawei, the decision was described in the press as “controversial”. The argument was that he banned Huawei 5G components and smartphones because he was: pick one: xenophobic, a Russian bot, ignorant of free trade, and (the best one) he is in thrall to Apple so he had to try to kill the Huawei smartphone business.
I have not seen “smoking gun” proof that Huawei 5G equipment includes spyware. But it could. Or it could get a firmware patch at any point that would add it because Huawei is a Chinese company and all Chinese companies are required to assist the CCP when it asks. So: (1) they could do it, and (2) if the CCP asks, they would do it.
Maybe the most important point is this: despite the Biden administration rushing to reverse every Trump policy as fast as they can sign papers, this one has not been touched. That could change tomorrow, but so far the Biden administration has not let up on China.
Today I ran across an article about Huawei’s proposal for 6G wireless. Its title is China’s Dystopian “New IP” Plan Shows Need for Renewed US Commitment to Internet Governance. The basic idea is set out in the early part of the piece:
Huawei’s plans for 6G and beyond make U.S. concerns over 5G look paltry: Huawei is proposing a fundamental internet redesign, which it calls “New IP,” designed to build “intrinsic security” into the web. Intrinsic security means that individuals must register to use the internet, and authorities can shut off an individual user’s internet access at any time. In short, Huawei is looking to integrate China’s “social credit,” surveillance, and censorship regimes into the internet’s architecture.
You think we have Cancel Culture now? Just wait.
Remember the sign held up by one of the Hong Kong protestors? “Don’t trust China. China is [redacted].”Published in