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TechnologyHuawei is 'growing astronomically' despite allegations it spies for China

13:20  07 december  2018
13:20  07 december  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Trudeau says he had advance notice of Huawei executive's arrest

Trudeau says he had advance notice of Huawei executive's arrest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa had a few days' prior notice of the arrest of an executive from the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei following U.S. allegations the company violated sanctions on Iran. Authorities conducted the arrest without political interference, Trudeau said Thursday in his first comments on the arrest of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, which has further inflamed tensions between the U.S. and China. Meng was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday and is being sought for extradition by the U.S. A bail hearing has been set for Friday.

Huawei denies allegations that it conducts espionage on behalf of China and has said it 's a market-driven business simply looking to compete internationally. 'Significant network security risk'. Some Canadian security experts have warned Canada about doing business with Huawei

Huawei denies allegations that it conducts espionage on behalf of China and has said it 's a market-driven business simply looking to compete internationally. 'Significant network security risk'. Some Canadian security experts have warned Canada about doing business with Huawei

Huawei is 'growing astronomically' despite allegations it spies for China© Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press Huawei Technologies Ltd., one of the world's biggest providers of switching gear for phone companies, has been accused of having ties to Chinese espionage activities. The arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer is just the latest controversy to hit the tech giant which has been accused of conducting espionage activities for the Chinese government.

"We don't know to what extent they might be considered an arms length business and to what extent they might be simply an arm of the Chinese government," said David Skillicorn, a professor in Queen's University School of Computing.

13 Canadians detained in China since December, when Huawei executive was arrested in Canada

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Huawei denies allegations that it conducts espionage on behalf of China and has said it 's a These allegations , while raising some critical points about China 's growing international American concern over Huawei 's true intentions in Africa is certainly hypocritical considering all the internal spying and.

Huawei is under pressure in major international markets as a growing number of governments express concern that its technology could be used by Chinese spies . But it has a number of key strengths that analysts say will help it survive.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has been thrust into the spotlight with the arrest of ​Meng Wanzhou, its chief financial officer and deputy chair of the board. According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, Meng was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday and is being sought for extradition by the United States.

The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday that Meng was arrested on suspicion of violating U.S. trade sanctions on Iran. She has a bail hearing in Canada on Friday.

For years, Huawei has been a source of concern for western security officials, particularly the U.S., which has tried to convince other countries not to buy equipment from the China-based firm.

Huawei denies allegations that it conducts espionage on behalf of China and has said it's a market-driven business simply looking to compete internationally.

Poland arrests Huawei employee over spying allegations

Poland arrests Huawei employee over spying allegations Poland's counterintelligence agency has arrested an employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei over spying allegations. According to Polish TV broadcaster Telewizja Polska, Huawei's sales director and an ex-security agent were arrested on Tuesday by officers of the country's Internal Security Agency, charged with espionage. The Huawei employee is reportedly a Chinese national, while the former security agent is a Polish national who recently worked for Orange Polska.

China 's foreign ministry called on Canada to immediately release Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.'s chief financial officer on Saturday, warning that otherwise it would face consequences. Huawei is ' growing astronomically ' despite allegations it spies for China .

Huawei is ' growing astronomically ' despite allegations it spies for China . Huawei is seen as a "national champion for homegrown technology companies," he said, and the arrest will be perceived by the Chinese as another rallying point in a U.S.- China rivalry — "another move by the U.S. to keep

'Significant network security risk'

Some Canadian security experts have warned Canada about doing business with Huawei, one of the world's biggest telecommunications firms. Ward Elcock, a former CSIS director and deputy minister of national defence,told  As It Happens host Carol Off in March that he believes the company is "essentially under the control of the Chinese government."

"It is hard for me to believe that a company such as Huawei would not do the bidding of the Chinese government and would not build traps, back doors into its technology on behalf of the Chinese government," he said.

Earlier this year, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warning him that doing business with Huawei would open Canada up to huge security risks.

Some companies and governments have taken heed to those warnings. Last month, New Zealand blocked a mobile phone company from using Huawei equipment, saying it posed a "significant network security risk." Huawei was banned in August from working on Australia's fifth-generation (5G) network.

Senior Huawei Canada executive to leave company as scrutiny mounts

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Huawei is ' growing astronomically ' despite allegations it spies for China . Huawei is more politically important than ZTE Corp., a Chinese rival that was nearly driven out of business after Washington blocked it from buying U.S. technology over exports to Iran and North Korea.

Huawei denies allegations that it conducts espionage on behalf of China and has said it 's a market-driven business simply looking to compete internationally. Some fear for tourism as Huawei arrest strains Canada- China relations. Huawei is ' growing astronomically ' despite allegations it spies

On Wednesday, British phone carrier BT said it was removing Huawei equipment from the core of its existing 3G and 4G mobile phone networks and would not use their equipment for its planned 5G mobile network.

Canada, so far, has resisted those concerns but the government has said it is conducting a national-security review to determine whether Canada should join other Five Eyes partners in banning Huawei from some projects,the Globe and Mail reported. Five Eyes refers to an intelligence sharing arrangement between Canada, the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

Competitive edge

Huawei's equipment is used in telecommunications infrastructure run by the country's major cellphone carriers. The company has struck up partnerships with Canadian universities. BCE and Telus are partnering with Huawei to help roll out their 5G networks

Huawei is 'growing astronomically' despite allegations it spies for China© Matthew Lloyd/Reuters Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) pauses as he is shown around the offices of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd by Ren Zhengfei, president of Huawei. Zhengfei has been accused of having ties to China's communist party. The private Chinese company with 180,000 employees is the biggest global supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies, with over $90 billion US in revenue and $7 billion US in net profits, according to its 2017 annual report.

China: Detained Canadian does not have diplomatic immunity

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Huawei has long insisted that it is not a state-controlled company and denies engaging in intelligence work for the Chinese government. Huawei is ' growing astronomically ' despite allegations it spies for China . Canada to hold key 5G spectrum auction in 2020, says Innovation Minister Bains.

The arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou may inflame diplomatic and trade tensions with China , but Canada’s extradition treaty with the United States left it with no choice but to detain Meng, says a legal expert. Huawei is ' growing astronomically ' despite allegations it spies for China .

Just in the last quarter, it became the number two supplier of smartphones globally, said Dave Bolan, a senior telecom analyst at California-based Dell'Oro Group, Inc.

Huawei is 'growing astronomically' despite allegations it spies for China© fensifuwu.com Meng Wanzhou is the deputy chairwoman and CFO for the Chinese tech giant Huawei. According to reports she is wanted by the United States for allegedly contravening U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.

The company has said it sells its equipment through 46 of the world's top 50 carriers. According to its website, its products are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. They are especially strong in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Europe.

"They've been growing astronomically," Bolan said. "Ten years ago, 15 years ago, we [had] never heard of Huawei."

Huawei has been proactive in terms of pricing, Skillicorn said, making it difficult for companies and governments to "walk past the deal."

"They are undercutting the competitors to some extent and making it very hard for governments to explain to voters why they're not taking what looks like this fabulous deal," he said.

One of the security concerns, said Skillicorn, is that the company is a huge maker of network switches. ​

"When you use the network switch it sees absolutely everything that's happening in your organization. And so you need to be especially careful about who makes those network switches," he said.

Canada should ban Huawei from 5G networks, says former spy chief

Canada should ban Huawei from 5G networks, says former spy chief Canada should ban Huawei from 5G networks, says former spy chief

"If I think it 's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made — which is a very important thing — what's good for national security — I Huawei is ' growing astronomically ' despite allegations it spies for China . Trudeau says he had advance notice of Huawei executive's arrest.

The U.S. alleges that Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. It also says that Meng and Huawei misled American banks about its business dealings in Iran. Huawei is ' growing astronomically ' despite allegations it spies for China .

Ties to People's Liberation Army

Part of the distrust of Huawei stems from perceived ties between the company's top executives and the Chinese government, said James Lewis, cybersecurity and technology expert for the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Huawei's president, Ren Zhengfei, is a former military engineer for China's People's Liberation Army. And Sun Yafang, a former chairwoman, used to work for the Ministry of State Security which has close links to China's intelligence services, Lewis said.

Huawei is 'growing astronomically' despite allegations it spies for China© Luis Gene/AFP/Getty Images British phone carrier BT said it was removing Huawei equipment from the core of its existing 3G and 4G mobile phone networks and would not use their equipment for its planned 5G mobile network.

Huawei has denied all accusations that it's used as a front for Chinese espionage.

Ken Hu, one of Huawei's three chief executives,said in an interview at the beginning of the year with the Wall Street Journal that the company isn't a security threat.

Its "global business is testament to the fact that Huawei is not a vehicle for any government or any agency of putting surveillance on another country," he said.

Meng Wanzhou's case back in Vancouver court.
VANCOUVER - The case of a senior executive of Chinese tech juggernaut Huawei Technologies is scheduled to return to court in Vancouver today. The U.S. Department of Justice laid out its case Monday against Meng Wanzhou and Huawei, unsealing 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction. The indictment, based on 23 grand jury allegations, accuses Huawei and Meng of misrepresenting their ownership of a Hong Kong-based subsidiary between 2007 and 2017 in an effort to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran. The company's U.S. branch is also accused of stealing trade secrets and equipment from cellphone provider T-Mobile USA.

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