Huawei is suing the US for banning federal agencies—and anyone wishing to work with them—from using Huawei products.
The lawsuit responds to long-standing controversy surrounding Huawei.
Tensions escalated in December when Canada arrested Meng Wangzhou, Huawei’s CFO and its founder’s daughter, on fraud charges. Significant Chinese backlash ensued.
The US has led the assault, levelling espionage accusations and insisting Huawei was prey to Chinese state influence.
It also pressured other countries to eschew the telecommunications giant.
For instance, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leveraged US military presence to dissuade Poland—which hosts a US base called “Fort Trump”—from signing any further contracts with Huawei. Shortly thereafter, Vice President Mike Pence praised Poland for arresting a Huawei employee.
Central to the dispute is next-generation 5G internet. Its ultrafast connectivity makes it “one of the most important and impactful technologies of this or any era”, according to Britain’s Government Communications head Jeremy Fleming.
However, Huawei’s rotating CEO recently proposed industry leaders work transnationally to devise universal standards for cyber security risk management.
Do American actions against Huawei indicate legitimate fears around Chinese espionage? Or do they mask efforts to hobble a major rival in the strategically vital 5G market?
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