Huawei deals for tech will have consequences - U.S. warns EU

Daniel Fowler
February 8, 2019

"Cybersecurity should remain as a technical issue instead of an ideological issue, because technical issues can always be resolved through the right solutions while ideological issues cannot", Huawei's chief representative to the EU Institutions and VP of the European Region Abraham Liu is set to say in a speech during Huawei's Chinese New Year event in Brussels, according to Reuters.

The company also denied claims it could be compelled to assist Chinese national intelligence work using information gathered from the UK.

"Our solid track record in security is our strongest evidence [against the security allegations]", said Ryan Ding, the head of Huawei's carrier business group. We would not do this in any country.

The report from the United Kingdom government's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was published in July a year ago, finding two low-priority national security findings and two advisory issues in its annual evaluation of the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC).

'Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, it would not go unnoticed - and it would certainly destroy our business.

A spokesman from the National Security Council advised that the "working across government and with our allies and like-minded partners to mitigate risk in the deployment of 5G and other communications infrastructure".

'It is a complicated and involved process and will take at least three to five years to see tangible results. We choose to ensure security.

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The sources said the USA government plans to issue the directive before MWC Barcelona, a major industry conference scheduled to take place on 25-28 February, to signal that future U.S. high-end technology contracts must focus on cybersecurity.

This has sparked fears Huawei could be asked by the Chinese government to incorporate "backdoors" into their equipment that would allow Beijing access, for spying or sabotage purposes.

Australia, New Zealand and Japan have already effectively excluded Huawei from their 5G rollouts, and countries including Canada have been considering following suit.

The company has suffered a number of setbacks in recent months because of apparent concerns over its security.

The US Justice Department has charged Huawei with conspiring to violate US sanctions on Iran and with stealing robotic technology from T-Mobile.

United States justice officials last month unveiled sweeping charges against Huawei, including against a top executive whose arrest in Canada on a United States warrant ratcheted up tensions between the two superpowers.

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