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Huawei Facts: An open letter to the US media (huawei.com)
111 points by gtt on Mar 3, 2019 | hide | past | web | favorite | 132 comments

> We build base stations in the harshest environments, like the Arctic Circle, the Sahara, rainforests in South America, and even on Mount Everest. In the wake of disasters like the tsunami in Indonesia, the nuclear disaster in Japan, and the massive earthquake in Chile, our employees were some of the first on the ground, working tirelessly to restore communications networks and support disaster relief.

Then, after your employees have done all that hard work, you just fire them and call them "mediocre"[0].

Hehe, this is the very reason of why I as a Chinese IT worker, refuse to pay my own money for any of their product.

[0] https://bgr.com/2019/01/21/huawei-layoffs-ceo-mediocre-emplo...

All communication companies have a similar quote. https://www.ericsson.com/en/about-us/sustainability-and-corp...

huh? Huawei pays very well, and there is a reason it is paid very well. You don't get that kind of money for being a baby.

Why is that being a "baby"? Shouldn't you expect high standards of behavior?

Translation: Journalists, please arrange private visits to our campuses where we can wine and dine you and offer you compelling incentives to work with us for mutual benefit. We won't necessarily openly bribe you but we are keeping a list and you will get a hidden "journalist credit score" which will be considered in such matters as applying for visas, etc. Your score may also influence the credit scores of others who associate with you.

How is that credit score hidden, when they are openly labeled as fake news?

In these cases I'm always reminded of an Obama speech he made shortly after the beginning of the Edward Snowden disclosures, where he guaranteed in national television that the US did not spy on national citizens.

Imagine that, not being a national citizen, but from an allied country, and being told point blank that you are a-okay for spying without any kind of shame.

AFAIK China does not intercept all of my country's communications, which the US has been doing for decades.

Sigh, it's just a bad choice between sleazy US or dictatorial China. At least there are some other 5G choices available.

> AFAIK China does not intercept all of my country's communications, which the US has been doing for decades.

Well I think that's a brash assumption.

Without Snowden, we wouldn't have known about the extent of US surveillance.

A "Chinese Snowden" would not have their revelations accessible to China via their great-firewalled internet or state-run news, nor would the chilling effects of their Orwellian surveillance state likely produce such a person to begin with.

> Imagine that, not being a national citizen, but from an allied country, and being told point blank that you are a-okay for spying without any kind of shame.

This was the case from the beginning of modern countries - even back in old Greece or in 400 BC with the introduction of doves (per https://www.focus.de/wissen/mensch/tid-5865/geschichte-der-s...). It was and is always a case of tacit acceptance - you as a country knew you were spied upon just as you were spying on other countries, and you relied on this to get your own spies traded back alive.

It's a difference though between spying on another country's government organizations (which is ok) vs. spying on its citizens (which is never ok).

> vs. spying on its citizens (which is never ok).

Yet everyone does it. The NSA snoops up everyone and their dog, same does GCHQ, same does the BND, same do the Russians and Chinese for anything they can get their paws on.

Doesn't even matter if it's own or other countries' citizens - the NSA simply asks BND or GCHQ to spy on US citizens on their behalf, and vice versa. Laws meaning to protect citizens from their own secret services are for all practical measures null and void.

Huawei was created as a front organization for China's intelligence service. This has been known for years; long before the Iran deal. We know it and they deny it. That's how the game has always been played with respect to Huawei. Other Chinese companies like Lenovo have exhibited tendencies to spy, but AFAIK only Huawei originated as essentially an arm of the Chinese CIA. That's what makes Huawei different.

God I would love any form of backup or source on that statement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren_Zhengfei is the founder, and he was an IT engineer in the military, but i think during his generation it would be surprising to find somebody who didn't serve the state in some capacity. do you have any other sources?

Powerful statement. Do you have a reference for that from a credible source?

Since everybody's asking for sources, here are a few.

HPSCI (Rogers/Ruppersberger) report (2012):


Story about Rogers report (2012):


Australia Bars Huawei From Broadband Project (2012):


CBS News interview with Rogers (2012):


Analysis: Who really owns Huawei? (2010):


Foreign involvement in the Critical National Infrastructure (UK 2013):


The History Of Tech Giant Huawei And The Chinese Government (2018):


Read "How Huawei tried to sell itself to Motorola for $7.5bn" which was published by FT four days ago. The deal was advised by JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley. It fell through at the final stage due to leadership change at Motorola. I don't see how your unsubstantiated statement could possibly be reconciled with FT reporting. You should retract your statement unless you have better evidence than FT.

Yeah and Google was almost sold for 1m to yahoo. No one knows what anything is worth or how much it will grow, no one.

It's easily reconciled, to the point that the conclusion is hard to avoid, even: Huawei could have been trying to embed its personnel with their nationalist agenda into Motorola. This would have furthered that agenda tremendously.

> We know it

^citation needed

I'm out of the loop and Google is of no help and may even be censored on my device. What's going on?

It's FUD based on the factless propaganda the US government is spouting out. Nothing more.

The founder was Chinese military, the early funding came from government sources, and several official gov white papers state Huawei as a national security priority.

I don't know what you accomplish by denying something so basic and provable.

> The founder was Chinese military

As was pretty much every other male adult of his generation. I don't see what this supposedly proves.

> the early funding came from government sources

Something which isn't all too uncommon, both in China and across the world. Silicon Valley itself was built on DoD money. Again, this is grasping straws.

> and several official gov white papers state Huawei as a national security priority.

That can be interpreted in a lot of different ways. For one, Trump made the exact same statement about the US coal and steel industry. Is the rest of the world supposed to ban US coal and steel now because of that? Again, this doesn't prove anything at all. It's just interpretative fear-mongering.

I'll tell you what we have: Numerous backdoors in Cisco equipment and official government documents that the NSA used Cisco for spying operations. This is a fact.

On Huawei's side, all we have are comments from the US government. The very organization with a decades long track record of global mass surveillance, among other things. There is no proof of backdoors, despite GCHQ having inspected their hard- and software for the past 8 years. In fact, there isn't any evidence at all that the Chinese government has used Huawei for their spying operations in any capacity. They most certainly could force them to, but the exact same thing can be said about the US government, who also has a track record of having done exactly that already.

Show me actual proof and I'll revise my opinion, but until then I'll call this out for what it is: Just another US-gov-led witch hunt.


Please don't cross into incivility here.


thg on Mar 6, 2019 [flagged]

> Your need for two different things to be the same is confusing, but no doubt central to your worldview.

First taking it out of context and then resorting to name-calling.

> Did the US gov order them be put there?

The first precedent that comes to mind: https://www.disclose.tv/linux-creator-linus-torvalds-reveals... and there's a whole lot more where that came from.

It appears your knowledge on the matter doesn't transcend beyond repeating US propaganda. Ignorance of facts, making up strawman arguments, repeating words of a notoriously lying organization without any thinking about it whatsoever. There is no discussion to be had here.

Please don't break the site guidelines, even when someone else did it first.


I'm not sure which is more dangerous with regard to Huawei - their utter disrespect for intellectual property, or their subservience to a totalitarian government that is in continual digital warfare with the United States. Platitudes directed at the US are exactly that, and should be ignored.

And the States do the same thing. shrug

Everyone is spying on eachother and we are not safe from that, despite what is said. I’m more afraid of the NSA having far reaching powers to spy on their own citizens than I am of China hacking into the NSA

We can argue about which country has the worst spying record, but there's a fundamental difference between a country where you can be imprisoned for years for merely sharing a web post that is critical of the government and one where you can stand in front of the White House with signs calling the president an idiot racist and nothing bad happens. Genuine rule of law and a truly independent judiciary make all the difference. I say this as someone who is quite fond of China and travel there annually.

The US routinely makes a mockery of the rule of law, just look at all the people denied legal process, abducted and taken to black sites for torture during the 'War on Terror'.

The US is not some shining beacon of justice and fairness, it's just as corrupt and capricious as all the rest.

No it’s not just as corrupt as all the rest. I agree there is corruption, but to equate corruption in all countries is bogus. Nuance is important in this case.

To put some data to this discussion, in Transparency International’s 2018 rankings, the US comes in 22nd least corrupt, and China comes in at number 87: https://www.transparency.org/cpi2018

Note however that this is a ranking of perceived corruption from a group of adjudicators, which isn't necessarily the same as actual corruption.

True, but it’s better than two lay-people having an argument on a message board :)

I see your point, I strayed into rhetoric there somewhat.

On the topic of US corruption, it will be interesting to see the outcome of the Mueller investigation. I suspect most of those at the top will get away with it with scant repercussion. At least, that's what usually happens.

> just look at all the people denied legal process

Relying on a few references - precisely because it's not common - in a country of 330 million, does not support your claim. The reason cases of denied legal process get so much attention in the US, is because they're rare. The reason a million detained Muslims in China isn't causing an uproar in the Muslim world, is because they know China has no protections for human rights and it does no good to protest. Contrast that with the protests regarding Abu Ghraib. Why was that an massive, international embarrassment for the US, if it's just the same as China?

> it's just as corrupt and capricious as all the rest

Saying it, does not make it so. The fact that that is incorrect, is precisely why so many people - of such diverse backgrounds - want to immigrate to the US and have for the past century. Much of Latin America would immediately immigrate if given the option, because of how corrupt the majority of Latin America is (see: how low Latin American nations rank [1]).

The US routinely ranks high among nations on the quality of its justice system, the independence of its judicial system and its protection of property rights. That has been true for a very long time.

Transparency International ranks China #88 on corruption and Russia #138, to name two prominent examples.

Denmark is ranked #1 for lowest corruption, New Zealand is #2. The US ranks comparable to France and Japan. So your premise is there's no difference between the US, Denmark, New Zealand, France, Japan, China and Russia - since everyone is just as corrupt and capcricious as all the rest.

Of course that's not true. The US is a liberal democracy with vast protections for human rights. China and Russia, as contrasts, are regressive dictatorships with few protections for human rights.

[1] https://www.transparency.org/cpi2018

While rare in the number of people directly affected by the US abducting and torturing them, the fact that it was permitted and encouraged by the country's leadership says a lot about the attitude of the US to human rights and legal process.

Anyway, the US has more systemic problems in how it affords legal process to the accused. The widespread racism that still permeates the country's institutions. The misuse of plea bargaining, which seems almost designed to deny proper legal process to the accused, unless they're wealthy enough to challenge it. Even in sentencing, the US still uses the death penalty, something that most other countries, especially highly-developed countries, have abolished.

You are in extremely shaky grounds given you are comparing Chinese communist regime is US' in terms of human rights and legal processes. Who are you kidding here? You won't even know when people disappear in China and the legal process is there is completely driven by the govt vs. the country having an independent judiciary. Look at how Apple denied FBI to give it access to their device and took the case straight to SCOTUS. Are you really serious that such a thing can happen in China? And human rights - I feel the fact that I have to explain this tells me that I am talking to someone who is ignorant and will not agree to my point regardless of what I say.

As someone who spent childhood in a communist country - no, it’s not the same.

Us has a lot of flaws, and the justice system (for less affluent people) is a shame but it is uncomparable to a totalitarian regime.

If the NSA spies on your text messages as opposed to the CCP, you (and your family) are much less likely to be imprisoned, tortured, or killed on the basis of your religious or political beliefs.

Systemic harassment, no fly lists and personal surveillance of muslim people happening in USA makes your sentence a joke.

While those are wrong, they aren't:

> imprisoned, tortured, or killed on the basis of your religious or political beliefs

You've entirely failed to refute the parent comment.

Uuh so China is doing drone bombings in the US then or how's that gonna work?

No, they're doing bombings, massacres, and death camps inside their own country.

Yes so how does that affect someone in the US or Europe?

Why don't you go to China and try calling their President by names and see what happens to you? Are you really serious comparing the two countries?

Surveillance of Muslims vs. China kidnapping Uyghurs and putting them in re-education camps? Are you even seriously comparing the two countries here?

The correct response to that is "winnie the pooh" not "names" .

Does the US have:

(a) Social credit system which centres around facial recognition of the entire population ?

(b) Reeducation camps where tens of millions of Muslims, Uyghurs, dissidents, journalists etc are sent to based on surveillance of their online activity ?

(c) Free reign to do whatever they want unfettered by any judicial or political oversight mechanisms ?

(d) Companies and the government stealing intellectual property on an industrial scale ?

The answer to all of those is no. US is a democracy with checks and balances provided by Congress, Journalists and the Courts. China has none of these.

Pretty much answer to all of this is yes - terrorist blacklists powered by cameras and surveillance in public, Guantanamo Bay with prisoners without due process and oversight, police killing black people without punishment and military industrial complex lobbying established government all exist.

From the outside, USA with its more noticably overbearing propaganda or China with its disregard for US set morality don't seem that hugely different. These moral arguments from US side are laughable for anyone who was sitting on the other side of diplomatic table.

Lesson here is that we (as in europeans) need to get rid of dependency on both of those nations for core services.

The US isn't perfect, but the events you're talking about are in no way comparable to imprisoning a million Uighurs in camps. Or executing Falun Gong practitioners and harvesting their organs.



It's not, but putting up a moral argument based on "hey, we're SLIGHTLY less evil than China because the scale of same crimes are smaller!" is still a bit wierd.

You can argue many other avenues (like having better quality of life if we stay aligned with US vs. China), but doing moral handwringing about Huawei after Snowden's leaks and failings of current US government is a bit hypocritical.

As it stands right now I actually feel the US has a much stronger influence on Europe, which is what I'm concerned with. Not anything those two countries do at home. Considering how there's a backdoor revealed in Cisco products every other day I already know who I don't want to supply our 5G infrastructure.

I'd support any country/region building its own tech infrastructure. Europe should really do that if it wants to be a global power.

But if your choice is between being spied on by the US or by China, why would you prefer China?

> But if your choice is between being spied on by the US or by China, why would you prefer China?

My only argument here would be that choosing China means we're choosing equipment where everyone involved knows that due diligence must be made to keep spying out and communication channels secured. I feel like this is not done enough when using US equipment and has exposed us to too much risk, considering the increasing hostility of current US government and its also increasing push to leverage spying to attack our companies.

I wouldn't. I think they're both a bad choice. It's just that the media seems to exclusively focus on huawei. And I can somewhat understand the American media doing that, but it's no different here. We've had like what, three Cisco backdoors in the last couple weeks, but who besides tech gave a shit? Actually, there isn't anything published yet that would suggest huawei products contain any. Nothing besides "they're evil commies so it must be true"

And I mean, we even do have European businesses in that sector but it seems we're not even trying.. Unfortunately.

The big difference between U.S/Cisco and China/Huawei is that in the U.S., the government broke into Cisco's systems without their help or consent. In contrast, it is largely understood that Huawei freely assists and cooperates with the Chinese government. The combination of a major tech provider with a powerful government provides too much temptation for abuse.

> [...] is that in the U.S., the government broke into Cisco's systems without their help or consent.

That's what they claim and given the repercussions, both legally and commercially, for admitting to willingly giving the NSA all the access they want or deliberately planting backdoors, it's not all that hard to see why they'd be lying about this. Saying that it was without their help or consent is the only sensible choice they had / have.

> In contrast, it is largely understood that Huawei freely assists and cooperates with the Chinese government.

The only "proof" of that are statements from the US government. The very organization with a decades long track record of global mass surveillance, among other things.

Doesn't really take a leap of imagination that this is more about holding back a successful Chinese company in favor of something more "controllable" than it is about Huawei being an actual security risk. After all, we have a new Cisco backdoor like what, every other week? Whereas proof for those alleged Huawei backdoors has yet to materialize and that is with GCHQ having inspected Huawei's equipment and source code for more than 8 years now.

If you ask me, this just boils down to anti-China propaganda from the US. Which doesn't mean that we should simply trust Huawei, but in the absence of any compelling evidence we Europeans are better off policing them - the GSMA for example wants a Europe-wide equipment-testing organization for suppliers like Huawei - rather than banning them outright.

Both methods succeed. At that point it's just choosing between plague and cholera.

That's a ridiculous equivalence. It's like saying a government backed army and a guy with a gun are the same because they can both shoot people.

> That's a ridiculous equivalence.

No, it isn't.

> It's like saying a government backed army and a guy with a gun are the same because they can both shoot people.

This however qualifies for that title, since you're probably underestimating China if you're comparing them with a single person with a gun.

> > It's like saying a government backed army and a guy with a gun are the same because they can both shoot people.

> This however qualifies for that title, since you're probably underestimating China if you're comparing them with a single person with a gun.

You totally missed the analogy. Here, China/US are the armies, and Huawei/Cisco are just some folks with guns. When governments intervene, they bring an enormous amount of resources that even large companies cannot compete with.

You are either ignorant or disingenuous.

23m Chinese have been banned from buying plane or train tickets based on their social score. Show me anything in the US that is remotely equivalent.

Show me a re-education camp in the US where tens of millions are being detained. Is Guantanomo Bay even remotely the same ?

You're pretty much now relativizing based on scale. When I get locked up and harassed without any kind of due process by an American customs official (because economic ties require me to travel to US), I really don't care what China does. And based on my few last trips, the Americans have been significantly more hostile to me on the border than the Chinese.

It seems that some European countries are already reacting to this needless hostility by slowly realigning themselves to China: https://www.economist.com/briefing/2018/10/04/chinese-invest...

We're in for some interesting times.

> 23m Chinese have been banned from buying plane or train tickets based on their social score. Show me anything in the US that is remotely equivalent.

Try to rent apartment without or with low credit score...

It happens to recent college grads every day, they buy renters insurance or get their parents to co-sign.

> Pretty much answer to all of this is yes - terrorist blacklists powered by cameras and surveillance in public,


>Guantanamo Bay with prisoners without due process and oversight,

It's been a lot more documented than people who "disappear".

> police killing black people without punishment and military industrial complex lobbying established government all exist.

This is an issue that our officials refuse to address.

No, it's not just about who's spying on you - it's about who will have the ability to take down your infrastructure when push comes to shove. Chinese technology in our critical infrastructure or defense systems is obvious attack surface.

The difference is that the NSA doesn't have far reaching powers to spy on US citizens (or foreign citizens in the US), while China has repeatedly hacked the US.

Perhaps we'll not need to buy products from Huawei when the west catches up in 5G technology.

What 5G technology does Huawei have, that we do not already have?

In terms of "technology", there are nothing, but Huawei do have the some of the best if not the 5G Base Station and 5G implementation. And they are actually cheaper.

Lots of propaganda materials or internet trolls, or paid keyboard warrior tends to name Huawei being the No. 1 in 5G patents, (which is not true) bringing the most innovation and doing majority of the 5G standard works ( Which is again not true ). And they will attack or threaten you for saying it is not so.

Huawei have the best implementation, one reason because they have much more resources and has a very diverse testing scenario. Just as the letter noted, they have system in Artic Circles and to Sahara, their equipment are well tested in these Edge Cases, and they have 900M Smartphone population in China to test again the most crowned situation, and in places like Hong Kong where not only do you have the highest mobile density within given radius, there are huge amount of concrete building making it extremely difficult for wireless reception.

And another major point, their competitor sucks. Ericsson and Nokia, whatever is in their management's mind I have no idea. But thanks to competition from Huawei it was a wake up call for them and they are finally not sitting on their bottom and doing nothing. Ericsson manage to shake things up a little should be in a slightly better shape. Nokia, whatever happened to them during the M$ / Nokia era, and they were never the same again. Samsung, which for some reason hasn't been in media spot light, are working hard and I expect them to fill the gap. The only problem is Telco Equipment tends to have an extremely long lead time, Samsung might be too little too late.

The problem isn't with technology, it is many of the western MNO have Huawei equipment in one form or another for their 4G, and some of these hardware are 5G ready meaning they are upgradable to 5G via software update. Switching out Huawei now means they will have to redeploy all those infrastructure that are already in place. And it is labour intensive as well as time consuming. Which is why many MNO are frustrated.

The hardware refresh for 5G has only just started in a few counties right now (Korea, China and the US). Everyone else will get there but its not happening yet. No serious operator is doing a software upgrade for this. The main driver for 5G is increased bandwidth and that comes from new boxes throughout the network. The investment for this is huge and long-lasting. And while it is harder to lose a customer, sure, ripping out one supplier out for another is absolutely what happens in this market. Operators will have some Huawei stuff but I don't known anyone (outside of China) that has built their network on them so ripping that out is a non-issue. Some have already done just that.

I wouldn't disagree that Huawei are ahead right in terms of products available right now, the other two are behind but there will be a competitive market.

I have no idea why Samsung even get a mention. That confused me.

Disclaimer: I work for Nokia (but not in mobile networks, or whatever they call that division these days).

>Operators will have some Huawei stuff but I don't known anyone (outside of China) that has built their network on them so ripping that out is a non-issue. Some have already done just that.

I assume there is a missing word built their network soley on them. Vodafone, Three, are two big Operators that has some Huawei deployed in EU. It is rare that any Operator relies on one single Telecom Equipment Vendor. Even China Mobile have both Nokia and Ericsson, as it was part of the deal between EU and China.

>No serious operator is doing a software upgrade for this.

They were deployed as part of the Capacity expansion in 4G LTE Massive MIMO. This is strictly Sub 6Ghz, all those mmWave are totally different thing. May be deployed isn't the "correct" word. Widely tested, especially in places where an Operator uses TDD spectrum.

>I have no idea why Samsung even get a mention. That confused me.

Samsung is a relatively new comer to telecom equipment. New in terms of Public knowledge, they were doing it during LTE era but never seems to get anywhere internationally. They are even smaller than ZTE, which is one reason you don't seen any TE market share dictate any special note on them. But they have been active on 5G ever since the possibility of Huawei Contract replacement. I have no information on how they perform in real life though. And I have yet to see any Operators had testing notes using Samsung's Equipment. But knowing how competitive they are, I was hoping they would do well.

Samsung is interesting, will dig into that. They don't feature at all in the competitive analaysis presentations I sometimes see but maybe that's going to change. Exciting times!

about 1/3rd of sprints network is now Samsung hardware - its very well made, and the software is pretty good too.

Not Sure why I am getting downvoted other than people hate Huawei and refuse to accept anything else.

You are getting downvoted because you are stating your opinions and assuming those are facts vs. providing any clear proofs that they are in indeed known facts.

Fair Enough.

Well, the single biggest threat to the US is if they can make better hardware cheaper than the American alternatives.

But of the two things you list, it probably depends on whether it is wartime or peacetime. In peacetime, better to be spied on by foreign governments and in wartime better not to be.

Right now we have Australian born citizens who were kidnapped on entry to China and sent to re-education camps based off anti-China comments made online. And many similar examples exist:


Sorry but I will always prefer the US where at least there is a functioning judicial system.

Which is one reason why few Chinese actually speak of anything negative on the topic. And sometimes it is hard to know if they have set up online discussion forum as honeypot.

One reason why Tencent investment on Reddit became such as issue.

Another reason is they could make Reddit 'sink' comments criticizing the Chinese.

China is playing a really good geopolitical strategy game. If any other country was doing the same attrocities as them, they would be criticized and sanctioned. But China has gained enough power to stop that from happening.

"I will always prefer the US where at least there is a functioning judicial system for the rich."

Fixed that for you.

Please believe us, not multiple security researchers and governments, they know not what they speak. China is good for you, we love you and your money. Come to us, let us feast on your data. What BGP hijacking...these are not the routes you are looking for

Here is an article [0] which may define the background to some serious concerns about Huawei. It was almost like Microsoft's purported 'embrace, extend, extinquish' philosophy.

"Many Canadians believe that Huawei stole the core technologies and business strategies from Nortel and used that knowledge to drive Nortel out of world markets and into bankruptcy. "

[0] https://www.assemblymag.com/blogs/14-assembly-blog/post/9063...


But Huawei is incredibly opaque – at least by Western standards. Ren’s still there (now about 70 years old) and still has veto power, but rarely makes public statements. He attributes Huawei’s success to collective leadership. That leadership? Huawei won’t say.

National champions aren’t state-owned businesses, but they typically get market protection, financial support — sometimes as direct funding, but more often tax breaks, subsidies, low-interest loans, and government contracts — and even diplomatic help. That means the Chinese government could have a significant influence on Huawei, since so many purse-strings lead back to Beijing. And the company has a reputation for playing fast-and-loose with intellectual property: in 2003 Cisco accused Huawei of copying its source code and documentation – all the way down to typos.


Xerox owes its complete domination of print and document to its status as a US government protected company. Lol.

Xerox has around 20% market share of managed print and document services.

Not really a complete domination is it. Lol.

Sorry I missed the edit window for the sarcasm tag.

Is that a response or just a "hey look over here" ?

Nice whataboutism you got there.

Americans complaining about spying by other governments, even if true, would be the top of hypochresy.

It is so blatantly clear that the motivations to fight Huawei are mainly because of losing the technology race, that it is not even funny.

That the US pretends to dictate to free countries what they should buy or sanction (Iran) is not cool.

That the US complains about state intervention when its whole technology lead was built on state investment is funny.

That the US complains about technology stealing when it built its industrial base by stealing European technology is insufferable.

You know what? Just let the world be.

>You know what? Just let the world be.

So don't comment then, if you want to let the world be.

>because of losing the technology race

It's not that US companies are "losing the technology race." If you read accounts from actual employees of partners, contractors, and others in the industry who work with Huawei, what you will read is that apparently Huawei has set up systems and incentives for copying and stealing technology.

And then to pair up with that, it sounds like they have been extremely aggressive about patenting everything they can identify as possibly patentable, which would include, if you think about it, others' technology innovations and techniques that they have stolen.

So it seems these people, with these ethics, who also happen to be organized under a unit of the Chinese military, end up getting IP protection on things that others invented, in areas that are critical to sensitive global communication standards that will cover transmission of private, commercial, governmental, and otherwise sensitive data.

>If you read accounts from actual employees of partners

I'd like to read those! Where can I find the direct cites or even comprehensive review with them (that didn't mystically pop up on the Net within the last year period)? Google seem to fail me.

Looks like they are using the US history book on industrial revolution as a field manual.

> You know what? Just let the world be.

You think powerful countries just "let everyone be"? They normally act way, way worse than anything the US has ever done.

Read a history book.

Why the down votes?

Because a lot of people vehemently disagree

The fact of the matter is that the United States considers strong industries in strategic technology fields in adversary nations a national security threat. This is why NSA seeks to modify US standards for export across the world. It's why US lawmakers have worked with US telecommunication firms to gain access to international communications. It's why the US has gone after Kaspersky AntiVirus. It's why the US has gone after Huawei, and intelligence officials have supported debunked stories about (e.g. SuperMicro). It's why the Trump Administration has stripped the regulations on 5G development (to speed it up so that American companies and technology can dominate the standard).

This isn't a uniquely American thing. Russia and China are doing the same things (heard of the Great Firewall?)

Opening doors to journalists is a good and appropriate step. It won't fix the underlying issues, though, as they stem from National Security competition - not wrote press misunderstanding.

I'm so torn with how to see Huawei. The dealings with Iran seem pretty cut and dry, and the laws in China are impossible for Huawei to ignore. On the other hand, their consumer products are very different from the commercial routing and telecommunication branches. Yet, the high level US government folks are being forced not to use the consumer products. Why aren't they being prohibited from using other Chinese consumer electronics, like Lenovo, Xiaomi, etc?

> Why aren't they being prohibited from using other Chinese consumer electronics, like Lenovo, Xiaomi, etc?

I suppose it depends which "approved devices" list you're using. If I look at the US Department of Defense's approved products list I see Korean brands like LG and Samsung but I don't see Lenovo or Xiaomi:


I've done some consulting for a company fulfilling a defense contract and they had to switch their entire desktop anti-virus solution because they were using foreign made software and DISA was not happy about it. The origin of hardware/software is very much a concern for the US gov't.

There is a ban on Lenovo products. From 2013, regarding a ban imposed since approx 2005:

"Chinese PC maker Lenovo has reportedly been banned from supplying equipment for the "secret" and “top secret” networks of many intelligence agencies, due to concerns its products are vulnerable to being hacked." ... "The ban is only thought to apply to the most highly restricted networks, and Lenovo remains a significant supplier of computers for “unclassified” government networks in these countries."


(That said, I have a Lenovo X1 Thinkpad, bought partly because of all the recommendations on HN, and in particular seeing Troy Hunt using Lenovo. I'd forgotten that article when I bought it.)

I'm talking about the report from a few weeks ago banning top level government officials from using Huawei devices for personal use. At the time, they were considering banning them for all military members as well... But there was no mention of any other Chinese manufacturers. The only other one that's been in the news lately is ZTE.

Exactly. It comes down to politics

This reads as manipulative and cynical propaganda.

I'm surprised how few free/open market advocates have come rushing to Huawei's defense. It seems everyone's caught the protectionism bug these days.

Fact of the matter is they're being singled out not because of the their Iran dealings (Numerous US corporations have done this in the past and paid only modest fines), but at the behest of corporate lobbying efforts on the part of Huawei's competitors whose high margin business models are under assault.

You're stating that they're being singled out for just doing business and that businesses are just afraid of losing money. You seem to be ignoring the trade secret theft, IP theft, multiple intelligence agencies investigating them and stating that their hardware shouldn't be used, practically being an arm of the Chinese military intelligence, and probably more I'm forgetting. Seems like a very disingenuous argument to be making...

> multiple intelligence agencies investigating them and stating that their hardware shouldn't be used, practically being an arm of the Chinese military intelligence

Has anyone come forward with /any/ hard evidence that implicates huawei spying on their customers? This is my biggest gripe in this whole mess. The fact that no evidence has surfaced yet, despite how easily obtainable it would be for govs, indicates to me that that these accusations are motivated by geopolitics and have little to do with whether huawei customers are being spied upon or not.

As for disingenuity, I think that hurtling accusations at people without any sort of supporting evidence is what's disgustingly disingenuous.

It seems silly to debate the existence of the possibility that Huawei can spy on their customers or whether it has happened before. They ship binary blob software updates to the hardware routinely, as does any other vendor of this kind of equipment.

The only reasonable question is whether you believe Huawei will exploit this opportunity if asked or "asked" by the Chinese government.

Perhaps, but then following the same line of logic would make all hardware vendors equally suspect. All hardware vendors will eventually comply if "asked" by their government (including US, remember prism?). The only difference is the formalities followed.

I plan to continue using huawei as long as their pricing remains competitive or real hard evidence of foulplay is made public. Expecting people to single out a single vendor just because the a government with a history of lying said so is just silly.

Yes, people and organizations have come forward and said they have evidence. It's a simple google search away. You, similar to the OP, seem to be ignoring all of the many warnings from many organizations. If you think that intelligence agencies are going to show you, a random person, or the public the evidence directly I think you're not really aware of how they work. Why would they burn assets and methods to prove this when everyone agrees on it?

I would probably agree with you that attaining evidence of this spying would be somewhat easier for governments than for others. However, the rest of your assertion that these accusations are only due to geopolitics is pretty out there given it's almost universal at this point that people think Huawei are not on the up and up.

Hurtling accusations without any sort of supporting evidence is literally what you've just done. There's a ton of evidence out there to not use them.

Here are some pieces of evidence for you that literally were on page 1 and 2 of a search:

CIA, NSA, FBI just last year saying the US shouldn't use them: https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcochiappetta/2018/11/25/u-s-...

At least the US and Australian Intelligence services have hard evidence of them spying for the Chinese government: https://www.axios.com/report-australian-intelligence-know-hu... https://www.reuters.com/article/us-huawei-security/former-ci...


Yep, I'll just grab that from the CIA, NSA, FBI, and Australian Intelligence services for you. Should I assume you want it by today?

This might be the most absurd and rude statement all in one that I've seen on HN before. You're surprisingly aggressive and defensive on behalf of a Chinese multinational in your comments and don't actually seem to be interested in hearing the truth. Interesting.


I appreciate the intention in your comment to promote greater tolerance, but posting in the flamewar style is exactly the wrong way to do it, and violates the site guidelines. If you'd please review https://news.ycombinator.com/newsguidelines.html and follow them, we'd appreciate it.

Edit: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19261926 was another example of how people aren't allowed to post here, and looking back further I notice https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18159584. Would you please not post like this again?

Huawei is singled out? No, Huawei is repsected as public benefit or national benefit in China. Listen to the new "public benefit" song "Huawei's beauty": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0tvr5ETVdE.

Huawei is never singled out - it is protected by Chinese government, supported by Chinese government and run by Chinese government. It is not open to the market.

Because the Chinese is not a free market, at least far less, by huge margins, than the US or any other Western nation one.

Huawei has been free to operate, and even bid in large contracts. Name one Western company allowed the same degree of freedom in China.

If Huawei wants to get equal treatment, its CEO should ask the Chinese government to truly open their economy, and allow outside companies to truly compete.

But this time, it's US that impose restrictions on Huawei. That is your so called free market?

Yeah - US is a free market and should everyone in. But China should exclude whoever they like. And it is all totally fair right? Why not, because US is a free market and how dare they didn't let Huawei in?

We all either play by the same rules, or none do. Though luck for Huawei. Check the WTO records on China.

Not sure. Core network to me is always very dangerous. China for their own security show not use US products and vice visa. For product, they should prohibit (both sides) not to use the others desktop, laptop and handheld devices. Apply for Russia, the 3 main hacking communities.

For the case, Huawei is unusual. It seems to have a few case (down to even the glass cover!) Hence the company ... But more important imagine if IBM ship to Iran their products via a faked HK company and lie to HSBC about it so money can be transferred (based on the limited amount we heard), the case is there but the difference is USA threaten Canada for doing what the treaty is bounded. Or would USA pool resources to do it in court instead in diploma channel.

Now this action on country level (as seems in the news also in other European countries) not using just company resources but diplomatic resources.

Is Huawei a firm represent the country? Is it a department of communist China?

Back to the device part, the government and core network shall be on its own whatever the countries are. It is just dangerous for Russia/China/USA to use other hacking country.


So the entire judicial system in Canada has been coopted by the Trudeau government.

Sure thing.

> US/Canada human rights arguments arguments are pretty galling by a NA Aboriginal POV.

By this metric the US and Canada can never condemn other countries for human rights abuses. Bringing up wrongs committed hundreds of years ago is simply a distraction given what China is doing to the Uighurs.

> I think the protester in Tianemen square had more of a chance than the students in Kent State.

Somewhere between 500 - 2600 people were killed in Tiananmen square. No one knows the real number because no one is allowed to talk about it. You're really reaching here.

>I think the protester in Tianemen square had more of a chance than the students in Kent State.

There was literally ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE more killed at Tianemen square.

I was curious to if this is true. but what does the data say? there were only 4 killed at kent, and anywhere between 1k-10k killed at Tianemen square. However, for 'more of a chance', you have to consider the denominator.


from this, we get at least 1 million people at the protests, but I dont know how many in one day, etc, so this gets tricky.

from wikipedia, I believe there was about 2k at the kent protests. so 4/2000 ~ .002 and 5k (middle of 10k) you get about .005 - but this would vary a lot depending on what numbers you use.

to be pedantic (you did say literally), orders of magnitude would suggest a multiplier of at least 10, which it doesn't seem we have. Though I concede, who knows how many really died in the Tianemen protests. Kent is pretty well known, which does say something

edit: does say something about the freedoms we have in press

I don't think we should buy anything important from China because of their abysmal human rights abuses, surveillance state machinations, hacking and IP theft, down to the way they treat their neighbors (Taiwan, building BS "islands" to claim fishing territory, etc."

I think we should isolate and contain them as much as possible, free market BS be damned, we should grow a spine and do without them by working as closely with the neighbors they've stepped on for years and who are much more open to ideals we agree with. We should actively work against them and I'm glad we're finally doing something.

As much as I hate Trump, the one thing he's done I agree with is putting the screws to China. It's actually a popular stance with both parties, and it looks like it will continue after he's likely impeached. Good.

Why do you assume that it was China vs. the world, not China and many others vs. US and many others?

I hope you take a clearer look at the current geopolitical map and have a more updated view of the world.

There is a lot of finger pointing at China and wild claims by people who don't care about these things. After Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, threatening Iran and now with open meddling and orchestrating coups in Venezuela its utterly absurd to pretend to care about human rights or democracy.

Apparently you can do the same thing every time and cause catastrophic devastation, kill millions and put millions of families in disarray and continue to claim 'innocence'. And some here talk about Tienanmen in 1989 as if none of the above happened, while colluding with regressive regimes like Saudi Arabia as we speak to bomb Yemen.

In the same way some care about surveillance, but only in China. The NSA revelations, secret courts, secret orders, Snowden and Assange being hounded and not a single person held accountable has nothing to do with surveillance, rule of law or democracy. Google, Facebook and others making billions spying on the world and building invasive profiles is not surveillance. US law enforcement demanding to go through your phones and laptops at airports like the stasi is not a police state. Credit scores and social credit are somehow different. This is a culture of smug finger pointing based on dissonance.

This is an orchestrated sabotage of a company perceived to be a threat by some interests with zero evidence or due process in collusion with a global media that is apparently not too reliant on evidence or investigation. This will be lesson for many on capitalism, free trade and the 'natural constraints' of our global system.

I don't think Huawei understands it, or they do but trying not to show. The West dont have problem with Huawei, the west have problems with CCP. And there isn't a single International Chinese company that doesn't have some form of Guanxi with CCP.

Actually, Huawei has stolen IP from a number of western organizations. So the disdain isn't only for the CCP.

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