More of America’s allies are resisting pressure from Washington to rule out the use of telecom equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies — a company the Trump administration says poses national-security risks.
Also on Monday, Huawei’s India head told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in New Delhi that the Shenzhen-based company would sign a “no backdoor” agreement that would give India greater access to monitor and ensure the security of its products. India has also said it had not made a decision regarding the company.
Over the past year, the U.S. has mounted a campaign to convince allies to ban Huawei from involvement in their mobile infrastructures. Australia and New Zealand have effectively banned Huawei from their 5G networks, while in August the U.S. Commerce Department issued a temporary reprieve for certain companies to engage in limited transactions with the telecom giant, “to afford consumers across America the necessary time to transition away from Huawei equipment, given the persistent national security and foreign policy threat.”
The 90-day extension mostly covers mobile-phone and broadband components, not network infrastructure.
Soon after, China arrested two Canadians — seen by many as retaliation — and observers said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may delay the decision until their cases are resolved.
While the Trump administration has sought to convince allies of the risks involved in working with Huawei, China has warned several countries about repercussions for blocking the company from their markets.
But experts predict Ottawa will eventually decide to block the company.
“I think a ban is likely,” Richard Fadden, a former national-security adviser to Trudeau, told Bloomberg earlier this year.
While the Trump administration has sought to convince allies of the risks involved in working with Huawei, China has warned several countries about blocking the company from their markets. China’s ambassador to Canada said Ottawa would face “repercussions” if it blocked Huawei.
Beijing has reportedly issued stronger threats to India, the world’s second largest wireless market by user count, telling New Delhi that Indian companies could face consequences if it banned the company.
In July, India’s ambassador to China was summoned to the Chinese Foreign Ministry and told that the country would face “reverse sanctions” if it banned Huawei, the South China Morning Post reported, citing anonymous sources. The recent entreaty of the “no backdoor” agreement to New Delhi is illustrative of the carrot-and-stick approach Huawei and Beijing have dually employed.
Besides being the world’s biggest telecommunications equipment provider, Huawei is the second largest smartphone company by sales globally, behind only Samsung
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