Donald Trump plans to sign a decree this week to prohibit US companies from using technological equipment manufactured by companies that, according to Washington, pose a risk to national security.
Although the decree will not include the name of any specific company or country, three different sources have assured the Reuters news agency that this is a plan to prohibit the expansion of Huawei mobile phones in the American territory.
The head of investments of the Huawei Chinese technology company, Wang Tao, denied today that the ban on the use of its products by the United States affects the economic future of the entity, due to the small volume of business that the company has in the country.
“Our business in the United States is not too big,” Wang said at a press conference in Beijing, adding that Huawei is present in “170 countries and regions,” a factor that makes it less dependent on its activity in that state.
He also criticized that some governments have “confused” the technical issues surrounding cybersecurity “with political and ideological problems”, an approach that, he said, “is not constructive” for any of the parties.
“Considering a company as a security challenge is not the right way to move forward, this will not help improve cybersecurity in the smart societies of the future,” the executive said.
The Chinese telecommunications giant increased its profits by 25.1% in 2018, to 59.3 billion yuan (8,850 million dollars or 7,802 million euros), despite accusations of espionage from the US and other Western countries.
In this regard, highlights the measure approved by Washington for which it banned all its government agencies to purchase Huawei products, a decision that the Chinese firm considers “unconstitutional” and for which it has filed a lawsuit against the US government.
A restriction that, however, has not affected the company’s accounts, which in the first three months of this year billed 39% more than in 2018 and sold 59 million smartphones worldwide.
Created in 1987 in China, Huawei discreetly entered the international market about five years ago. So discreetly that his own director of consumption, Richard Yu, remembered at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) that they were not known even in China, their country of origin, ten years ago.
Beyond being a profitable business, 5G has become a political battlefield. In a more or less covert way, two world powers – China and the United States – are facing to dominate this new era of intelligent connectivity.
The disagreements between Huawei and the US have increased since last December, when the extradition of Huawei executive director Meng Wanzhou was requested from Canada. The US Attorney’s Office opened an investigation into Huawei last January for an alleged offense against intellectual property. The company has also faced accusations about the safety of its 5G technology in Europe. All this after US diplomacy has been pushing allied countries and their Internet providers to also avoid Huawei.