Telecom & Wireless

China Again Protests US Treatment of Huawei

Douglas A. McIntyre

China has offered another protest of a U.S. ban on products from China telecom equipment company Huawei. In its latest objection, the central government argues America is not open to competition in the technology sector. Obviously, the argument makes no mention of the role Huawei may have in helping the Chinese government to gain access to telecom networks around the world.

In an op-ed piece in the government-backed People’s Daily, an author wrote:

The US administration later placed Huawei on the “Entity List”, forcing many American companies to cut supplies for the Chinese tech firm. Through the “presumption of denial”, it exerted extreme pressure on Huawei by national power, and even requested relevant enterprises to contain the latter. Such practice is totally unreasonable and overbearing.

As a major technological and economic power in the world, the US should have understood the law of technological development and the benefit of market competition. However, the US politicians, ignoring such common sense on purpose, have made frequent attempts to interfere with technological cooperation and market competition.

They resort to “national security” because they couldn’t find better excuses, which indicated the fragility of the largest tech power whose “national security” is opposed to threats so easily.

In short, U.S. companies cannot compete with Huawei, so the American government will block its access to its markets, and lobby its allies to do so as well.

Depending on the source, experts believe that a lack of access to U.S. markets will either do little harm to Huawei, or may wreck it financially. Either way, the new argument from the Chinese government will not get it anywhere.