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07 December 2018

Why Are Countries Banning Huawei?

Why are countries banning Huawei?
aljazeera.com, 7 December 2018

Canada arrested the CFO of Huawei, but the Chinese tech company has been scrutinised for years for security reasons.

Huawei will play a major part in the global rollout of 5G
mobile internet [Reuters]
On Thursday, Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer (CFO) of Chinese tech company Huawei.

The details of the arrest are still unclear but Meng faces extradition to the United States, according to the Canadian Department of Justice.

Following the arrest, both the Chinese embassy, as well as Huawei called for the release of Meng, who is the daughter of the company's founder Ren Zhengfei.

Under Ren's leadership, Huawei has become one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world and has established itself as a leading smartphone manufacturer.

But Huawei's expansion from its Chinese roots into the rest of the world has sparked concerns among Western governments over the company's close ties to the Chinese authorities, as well as its willingness to export technologies to countries that are under sanction.

Over the past couple of years, Huawei has reportedly circumvented sanctions imposed on North Korea and Iran, providing the countries with telecom equipment that can be used for extensive spying on populations, so-called dual use technologies.

But the vast majority of criticism has surrounded Huawei's growing influence on global communications in the coming years. The Chinese company will provide technology for 5G wireless internet across the world.

Ahead of the rollout of that faster internet technology, several countries have warned against using Chinese hardware because of security concerns, which stem from the Chinese government's use of Huawei's products to spy on people around the world.

Huawei has denied all allegations that it might be involved in the collection of intelligence for the Chinese government.

So far, four countries have officially said they will not allow Huawei to take part in the 5G trials.

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