Mistrust of Huawei after the arrest of its vice president at the request of the United States – EL PAÍS


Huawei's headquarters in the research center that the company has in Ontario, Canada. In the video, reactions to the detention of Meng.

In recent months, several governments, with the United States at the forefront, have expressed concern over the information that Beijing could obtain through the products and equipment produced by Huawei, thus putting national security at risk. To the point that Donald Trump himself has forbidden any member of his government to have a Chinese-branded telephone device. A decision that has slowed the development of Huawei in the United States, which, despite this, has surpassed Apple as a second home manufacturer of smartphones.

This rarefied situation for the company was exacerbated by the announcement made Wednesday by Canada on the detention in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, financial director of the Chinese technological brand Huawei and daughter of the company's founder, on December 1 alleging allegedly violating the sanctions United States on Iran. Your detention has added tensions to the difficult relations between the United States and Beijing, which they have just signed a truce in their trade war.

But the veto of the Chinese technology company extends far beyond. The same week in Australia and, shortly before, New Zealand blocked the use of equipment produced by Huawei in the development of the new generation of telecommunications infrastructure and, in particular, of the mobile 5G network. The Chinese company leads the world's technological development in this field, but countries fear that the Chinese regime will use its companies in IT spying, both at industrial and state level. The Canberra government also vetoed the Chinese ZTE.

Japan and South Korea also analyze Huawei's operations in its territory. The US fears about Huawei's business have spread to Tokyo. The Japanese government has decided to exclude both this company and ZTE from public procurement because of alleged security breaches committed by both companies, according to various local media and Efe collects. The veto should be due to doubts about the independence of both companies and their links with the Chinese government.

If the measure was confirmed, Japan would join the United States, Australia and New Zealand in the block of countries that banned part of the activities of the Chinese giant for reasons of national security, in particular as regards the development of networks fifth generation mobile communication (5G).

Several European countries, with the United Kingdom and Germany in the forefront, want to reach an agreement for the European Commission to investigate the foreign investments that take place in the field of technology and infrastructure considered strategic. An initiative that aims to force approval before foreign investments in areas such as health, the aviation industry, the media and, of course, technology and which has China as its main objective, although not your name is explicit

In the United Kingdom, British Telecom has just announced that it will eliminate Huawei equipment already existing in 3G and 4G networks over the next two years.

Both London and Berlin are planning to auction the radio spectrum for 5G networks next year and the pressures to ban Huawei from this new development increase every day. Last summer the German Ministry of Economy pushed for a legal change with which the government could veto the purchase by companies outside the EU of shares exceeding 15% in sectors such as defense, technology or certain infrastructures considered critical. However, the Chinese company has just opened a laboratory in Bonn on information security that seems aimed at repressing this kind of suspicion. The cost of the planned investment for the 5G network can reach 80,000 million euros only in Germany.

The development of 5G networks will mark the next global technological wave. This fifth generation mobile connectivity infrastructure promises download speeds between 10 and 20 times faster than current ones, more coverage and more stable connections,



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