USA vs China: Trump attacks, Huawei responds!

USA vs China: Trump attacks, Huawei responds!

On Wednesday, May 16, Donald Trump signed an order prohibiting U.S. telecommunications companies from using foreign equipment, targeting China and Huawei, whom the U.S. President is accusing of espionage. But the Chinese manufacturer is not the type to be stepped on and retorts without further delay.... The trade war between China and the United States have moved on to another level.

An "exploited vulnerability"

Immediately after that, the American President did not hesitate to ban the marketing of certain telecommunications devices in Uncle Sam's country, starting with smartphones, which he considers dangerous for the country's security.

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Donald Trump signed a decree prohibiting telecom companies from using foreign equipment. / © CNN

Although not explicitly named in the decree, the White House is targeting China and Huawei here, thus preventing "the ability of foreign adversaries to create and exploit vulnerabilities in information and communications technology or services". The text allows measures to be taken that are qualified as "national emergencies" against "malicious cyber-enabled actions, including economic and industrial espionage".

Huawei denounces an illegitimate measure

The Chinese group did not let itself be swayed and immediately retorted denouncing "unreasonable restrictions [which] will encroach on Huawei's rights". Adding that preventing the trade of its devices in American territory "will not make the United States safer or stronger" thus reducing the country to "lower quality and more expensive alternatives, leaving the United States lagging behind in the deployment of 5G". Huawei qualifies as "the unrivaled leader of 5G", whose deployment in the United States was totally canceled by this agreement.

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5G is Huawei's battle horse and he calls himself "the unrivaled leader of 5G". / © ITHome

Beijing considers this act unfair, distorting competition. For Chinese diplomacy spokesman Geng Shuang, this is too much: "The United States has been abusing its power for some time now to deliberately discredit Chinese companies and drive them back at all costs, which is neither fair nor respectable".

It should be noted that this is one of the most severe measures taken by the Trump government against the Chinese technology sector.

Do these rivalries mark the beginning of a trade war between the two major world economies? What do you think about that?

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  • itprolonden May 17, 2019 Link to comment

    Yea, Trump!!

  • Aaron Blue May 16, 2019 Link to comment

    (Off topic) Where do people get those Android figurines?

  • David Martrano May 16, 2019 Link to comment

    Is this justified, maybe!

    • storm May 16, 2019 Link to comment

      Ask Italy about the backdoors they documented in Huawei telecom products that they wouldn't patch. Seems pretty clear what is going on.

      • Gavin Runeblade May 16, 2019 Link to comment

        For those who don't know what Storm is refering to:
        “Unfortunately for Huawei the political background means that this event will make life even more difficult for them in trying to prove themselves an honest vendor,” Vodafone said in one of the April 2011 documents authored by its chief information security officer at the time, Bryan Littlefair.

        “What is of most concern here is that actions of Huawei in agreeing to remove the code, then trying to hide it, and now refusing to remove it as they need it to remain for ‘quality’ purposes,” Littlefair wrote.

        The above is from Bloomberg. The Verge covered it also.

        What is disturbing is that even after Vodafone identified the security issues and Huawei lied about fixing them Vodafone kept using them because they're cheap.

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