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

13:20  07 december  2018
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Trudeau says he had advance notice of Huawei executive's arrest

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The notion that the Chinese government would spy on corporations and our agencies with electronic devices manufactured by Chinese companies is not only absurd but would be catastrophic to furthering their ambitions in world trade.

Huawei has denied the spying allegations , noting that such cooperation would put its global business relationships at risk. Again, we do not know for certain whether or not Huawei is helping the Chinese government spy , just that nobody seems to be in any rush to release actual evidence supporting the

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.

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Though Huawei has denied the allegations , it needs to do more to convince Americans its phones can and should be trusted. Especially since there's been no evidence that Huawei 's phones are really spying on anyone. And that 's really the issue here. There isn't any hard evidence at this time to back

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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.

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The CEO of Huawei 's consumer business tells CNET that it 's maintaining its US operations despite the government's national security concern. But for the China -based Huawei , those preorders from the all-important US market will never arrive: The Does Huawei need the US to grow ? Maybe not.

Huawei has denied claims made by former CIA chief Michael Hayden that it has spied for the Chinese government. Michael Hayden was quoted by the Australian Financial Review as saying that it was his “professional judgment” that the firm supplied intelligence to ­ China .

'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.

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Chinese telecoms giant Huawei will launch a new smartphone on Tuesday to better compete with high-end rivals like Apple and Samsung overseas, a company A few cogent points. To begin with, the title is misleading, claiming for CIA head Michael Hayden saying he "believed" Huawei spies on the West.

China 's Huawei is catching up with Apple and Samsung in terms of total phones sold. These companies are staying away from Huawei after a 2012 congressional report said its hardware could be used by the Chinese government for spying purposes – an allegation the company has repeatedly

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.

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Is China using Huawei 's technology for espionage? Should the U.S. be concerned? 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

Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei actively spies for the Chinese government. But in his professional opinion, Huawei is engaged in espionage on behalf of the Chinese state. "Frankly, given the overarching national security risks a foreign company helping build your national

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© 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.

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I think that goes without saying." Huawei 's John Suffolk, who has previously described the company as the "piggy in the middle" of the broader dispute over hacking between China and the United States, reportedly dismissed Hayden's comments as tired, unsubstantiated and defamatory. " It 's time to put

"I think that goes without saying -- it 's one reality," he told the Australian Financial Review. The accusations from Hayden, who also ran the National Security Agency Huawei is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, offering products that include routers and other Internet gear.

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.

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

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