Is America right to fear Huawei? | The Economist

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America worries that Huawei, China's telecoms giant, spies on behalf of its government and threatens Western interests. Such concerns are not just about America's security, but also its insecurity. Read more here: econ.st/2O9kgyc
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Rarely does a country go to war with a private company. But America has done just that. But is this really about Huawei or is it something bigger than that? And what is the threat?
What is this war really about and why is Huawei in the middle of it?
Founded in China in 1987 Huawei is now the world’s largest maker of telecoms equipment with revenues exceeding $103bn. When you think about Huawei you might think about the handset. That makes sense, since it sold 200m of them in 2018 alone. But close to half of its revenue comes from selling network equipment. In fact, since 2014 it’s outgrown all its competitors reaching over 3bn people.
This is how networks function - Your phone sends a signal to a nearby tower using radio waves, voice and data are passed over an internal network run by your phone company, which connects your handset to other phone users and the wider internet. In other words, these antennas connect us all. But now, there’s a new kind of network. Although 5G is massively overhyped, it is coming and Huawei is a leading force in this innovation. But though this computerised, smart future opens up new possibilities it comes with a health warning. Because if entire networks are vulnerable this opens the door to countries spying on one another.
In a rare interview with The Economist Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s founder and CEO, talked about the political storm surrounding his company. As the argument rages over the security of Huawei’s products the effects can be seen in some unexpected places. Joe Franell runs Eastern Oregon Telecom, a small network serving the people of this rural area. The problem is that the network here relies on Huawei technology.
It’s a similar story around the world Mobile-phone users in developing countries have benefited from Huawei’s attractive deals. But how is Huawei undercutting its competitors?
Whether or how Huawei is connected to and subsidised by the Chinese government is unclear. But what is clear is this - China is the kind of country where if the party says jump all you can say is, well how high? Loyalty to the state is actually enshrined in China’s intelligence law
Article 7, a 2017 addition, states that “Any organisation or citizen shall support, assist and co-operate with the state intelligence work.” Critics say this law means that when you buy Huawei equipment you may be exposing yourself to surveillance by the Chinese intelligence services. And this makes governments very uncomfortable.
The fear is that Huawei will leave backdoor vulnerabilities in its networks that would provide China with an opportunity to spy on its competitors and enemies. To counter this mistrust, Huawei has shared its code and allowed the likes of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre
to scan it for backdoors. So, if there’s no solid security threat why is America making an enemy out of Huawei?
It seems as though the concern over Huawei is not only about America’s security but also its insecurity. And it’s causing collateral damage at home as well as abroad. In May 2019 the Trump administration issued an executive order which not only forbade American companies from supplying Huawei with components, but restricted domestic networks from using its equipment. It’s a move that feels like an own goal to Americans like Joe Franell.
And there’s another uncomfortable truth that America can’t ignore. Smartphone technology relies on a truly global supply chain. Take an average smartphone. Some contain components from more than 200 international suppliers. Screens might be made by Samsung in South Korea. The camera lens engineered in Germany. The chip could be designed by a California-based company and manufactured in Taiwan. The battery could come from Japan and the audio chip from China. But increasingly, hostility and lack of trust threaten to fracture these supply chains.
America's concerns about Huawei are understandable. But the risks can be managed by limiting the use of Huawei equipment to less sensitive parts of 5G networks. That way it is possible to benefit from the low cost of Huawei’s equipment while minimising security concerns.
Billions of people around the world have benefited from increased connectivity made possible by global standards and global supply chains. But if political mistrust divides the telecoms industry into rival camps
everybody stands to lose
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Okimura Franck
Okimura Franck 3 ساعات قبل
America in a WHOLE CONTINENT People need to read history
Sefero The Great
Sefero The Great 4 ساعات قبل
Me:watching this Also me:watching this with Huawei =/
mary a
mary a 21 ساعات قبل
Sigh.... America....may you grow up.
Lee ZHANG 21 ساعات قبل
US: UK, be careful. China may monitor you. UK: How do you know that? US: because that's what I am doing!
dark side
dark side 23 ساعات قبل
Samsung is the best in world ❤❤❤❤
Philip Chan
Philip Chan أيام قبل
DoD already used up a big part of the 5G MMW frequencies (spectrum allocation for 5G) leaving less for commercial use. According to the National Security Implications of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technologies document and excerpt to find out why the US is still struggling with 5G in terms of implementation. ("The Department of Defense (DOD), however, holds large portions of the usable spectrum. Although DOD uses certain MMW frequencies for high-profile military applications such as Advanced Extremely High-Frequency satellites that provide assured global communications for U.S. forces, it extensively uses sub-6 frequencies-leaving less sub-6 availability in the United States than in other countries. The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) advised DOD to consider sharing the sub-6 spectrum to facilitate the build-out of 5G networks and the development of 5G technologies used in the sub-6 band. While DOD has been moving toward greater spectrum sharing, it has expressed concern that sharing presents operational, interference, and security issues for DOD users. As an alternative to spectrum sharing, some analysts have argued that portions of the sub-6 spectrum should be reserved for commercial use. This would require DOD to relocate certain applications to other parts of the spectrum. The DIB estimates this approach would take around 10 years to complete, as opposed to 5 years for spectrum sharing.")
Zhang Lee
Zhang Lee 2 أيام قبل
the problem is how can company outside US trust US won`t do the samething as they do to huawei , you can`t deny the fact that company from another country had support from their own government
Nicholas Quek
Nicholas Quek 2 أيام قبل
I think the entire world deserves a smartphone made not from China or US and their allies so that our information wouldn't be held in ransom!
Tycoon Tchung
Tycoon Tchung 3 أيام قبل
AMERICA, the superpower of the 20th Century,is so shame to be afraided of a chinese small network company -Huawei, a private enterprise! Ha HaHa! IT'S SO RIDICULOUS ( not know Englsh ,googled)!
Bill L
Bill L 3 أيام قبل
America fears anything that's better than themselves.🧐
mary a
mary a 21 ساعات قبل
That's it!!! Thanks for phrasing it.
Murat Uzer
Murat Uzer 3 أيام قبل
So basically the US doesn’t want anybody else spying on its citizens but themselves.
Catalin Stoica
Catalin Stoica 3 ساعات قبل
Catalin Stoica
Catalin Stoica 3 ساعات قبل
Lee ZHANG 21 ساعات قبل
US: UK, be careful. China may monitor you. UK: How do you know that? US: because that's what I am doing!
Bill L
Bill L 3 أيام قبل
Prism Prism on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? 🧐
Jason Tsui
Jason Tsui 4 أيام قبل
Can USA government ask for personal information of Apple customers around the world from Apple out of emergency or secretly or in low profile? I am sure they can.
Dr. Arthur H. Tafero
Dr. Arthur H. Tafero 5 أيام قبل
Restraint of trade is always a bad idea. Fearing Huawei because of tech code concerns is hilarious; tech advancements in code and other tech happen much faster than any politicians or military experts can possibly act to prevent advancements. Just make the best deals you can and move forward. (Like sell US tech for bullet train complexes in the US). Today’ s great tech code is almost like yesterday’s news.
Harshith Shetty
Harshith Shetty 5 أيام قبل
Huawei is better ❤best
Eugene Infinity
Eugene Infinity 5 أيام قبل
Get spied in broad daylight (China)? Or get spied on in the shadows (USA)? lesser of two evils i suppose...
China virus Wuhan
China virus Wuhan 6 أيام قبل
Hawei=Wuhan virus
got em
got em 7 أيام قبل
This channel is bought and supported by the CCP, what did I expect..
Dogy K
Dogy K 7 أيام قبل
Americans start to live in fear, So it begins.
Rita S
Rita S 7 أيام قبل
What about your Microsoft??How is better??? Why we need everything connected to internet???Ah??Why??We going to a slavery .So how USA CANADA AND OTHER COUNTRIES BETTER THS THAN FASCHIST CHINA?
E K 7 أيام قبل
No. It’s Sinophobic garbage being pushed by American MSM and our President in an attempt to build yet another “bad guy.” We did it for the past 70+ years with the USSR/Russia but apparently we as Americans have fallen for the same propaganda and continue to ignore the real enemy, our own government.
Chong Kf
Chong Kf 7 أيام قبل
US attacks Huawei becoz China is rising. Look at Iraq, US attacked Iraq becoz they have WMD (which they dont have), so many kids and women died (due to the attack). In the end US contractors making profits (oil, infra etc). Anyway China is not Iraq.. is a different ball game. Lets see who will win in the long run.
Pauline Nyasuguta
Pauline Nyasuguta 8 أيام قبل
USA spies on other countries every day
milan gurung
milan gurung 8 أيام قبل
It Looks like This program is funded by chinise government
bhumi lama
bhumi lama 9 أيام قبل
Usa become down day by day by every angle so they fear about china, but we fully support 🇨🇳 China from Nepal 🇳🇵
urdbest 9 أيام قبل
I didn't even know the Huawei brand 2 years ago. Now I have replaced iphone with my Huawei and Huawei CEO Mr. Ren is my hero.
max t
max t 9 أيام قبل
So use Huawei spy by china use Nokia spy America use Ericsson spy by Europe .
Sh Ta
Sh Ta 9 أيام قبل
Their network equipment is directly used for Chinese government for surveillance and censorship, do you want to live in a place like another China? Get pass their firewall to access website already almost impossible. Who is the maker of those equipment? If there is still a debate about it, then you may wake up one day find out all of you are living in animal farm, company like that, its technology is not to use to facilitate life but enhance authoritarian control, with these kind of trajectory, 5G,6G,7G, who knows when they will become the tool of communists party's cyber spying?there is no moral equivalence between this company and the western companies.
Robert Allen
Robert Allen 10 أيام قبل
However you cut it China is the evil empire,, Huawei is part of it. Simple.
lorenzo Guçço
lorenzo Guçço 10 أيام قبل
Let's be honest huawei is the best
Lorenzo Zappino
Lorenzo Zappino 10 أيام قبل
non mi piace questo video
EverythingSamsungTech 11 أيام قبل
And thats ok. Cause Samsung will fill that spot. They signed a deal with U.S./Verizon 5G Networking worth $6.6 Billion dollars
Catalin Stoica
Catalin Stoica 3 ساعات قبل
lucas ike
lucas ike 11 أيام قبل
China is maybe spying on other nations, wow where did I saw that before?
WC Looh
WC Looh 13 أيام قبل
If America fears Huawei then China is indeed going places
mario lino torres
mario lino torres 13 أيام قبل
China is love stole everything
Kakashi Boss
Kakashi Boss 14 أيام قبل
That's becoz China not letting US tech network company to operate in China . So y can't US do the same ??
Nasiem Hughes
Nasiem Hughes 15 أيام قبل
America should worry about Facebook
Nero XM
Nero XM 15 أيام قبل
AS KNOWN to ALL , there are evidences showing that USA is NOT to be trusted in the internet conmunnications !
7fifi Yu
7fifi Yu 15 أيام قبل
Trump and his maid Pampeo are most hated persons in US and world and their administration definetely will going to garbage of history this November therefore no one has to worries and doubt about this will happen .
Yvonne Archer
Yvonne Archer 15 أيام قبل
“zero backdoor “? That’s exactly the problem, US needs some backdoors.
st chane
st chane 10 أيام قبل
fake news for trump
northwest 14 أيام قبل
Trump will tweet bad things about you
Sora brown
Sora brown 16 أيام قبل
fun fact: only Americans uses iphones
Fernacio David
Fernacio David 16 أيام قبل
Japan after a brutal WWII with America now they are true friends. China boomed economically with America as partner plus stolen technology from America. But are they a true friend with us. Nope! China is an enemy to America. Anyday might be a WWIII with China via South China Sea and Taiwan. That is why Huawei is dangerous communication to adapt. China thru Huawei can shut communication un the US or paralyze our Nuke bombs or intercept military strategies during war.
Fernacio David
Fernacio David 16 أيام قبل
In time of war, they may paralyze our nuke bombs thru Huawei, or intercept military strategies in time of war.
Bern Koh
Bern Koh 17 أيام قبل
The fact is America afraid of everything above him, not only China...the history tell.
Sora brown
Sora brown 10 أيام قبل
@Lexus LC500 i hope so,
Lexus LC500
Lexus LC500 10 أيام قبل
@Sora brown You don't need bombs to destroy the USA. Eastern countries are destroying the USA through politics and economy. With so many problems the USA is having right now, it's only a matter of time until they fall.
Sora brown
Sora brown 15 أيام قبل
@Hugh Pryer i want the revenge of iraq, that's what i want iraq and the 84 countries invaded by America nobody cares about the twin towers
Hugh Pryer
Hugh Pryer 15 أيام قبل
@Sora brown Well then, you are obviously a deeply disturbed person.
Sora brown
Sora brown 16 أيام قبل
i want another tragedy to america like the the twin towers in 2001 lets drop a bomb
Alan Voon
Alan Voon 18 أيام قبل
Oscar 18 أيام قبل
If China or Huawei won't spy, I will spy
Pomelo X
Pomelo X 19 أيام قبل
China is a civilization for 5K years, CCP is just a party for 70 years, HUAWEI is only a company for a short time, Fear??? of what?
Daniel Lartey
Daniel Lartey 20 أيام قبل
Not to have a trust in anything can bring about fear and apprehension so Trump for an example should not be blamed in case it is so and so what causes a person not to be trusted likewise Huawei.
fxxk someone
fxxk someone 21 أيام قبل
US:wait wait wait? spy? This is my patent. U need to pay me .
Mani Rai
Mani Rai 21 أيام قبل
lol... they even gave their code for analysis... poor Huawei... if not China some other country will defeat USA... Then again some other country defeats that country... it will cycle via time... it's within nature... that's how things always been...
Hannah Howland
Hannah Howland 22 أيام قبل
Huawei and the hideous likes of it
Hassan Khan
Hassan Khan 23 أيام قبل
I love huawei products and their services And i trust Huawei too
cat cait
cat cait 23 أيام قبل
Of course not.
Unepic Gamer
Unepic Gamer 23 أيام قبل
Trump is most likely a scapegoat, brought into office by the globalists to blame so called ''white, racist, Christians'' for the coming third World War with China. Think about it and don't let yourself be fooled by the coming events. Please, spread this message!
Xianzhi Liu
Xianzhi Liu 23 أيام قبل
Think about this: 1. No one can hack a computer (or a cellphone) unless it's connected with net. 2. Nets are running by local net company who operate the equipments , not the company made the equipment. 3. The only way that the maker of the equipment spy on the net user, is bypass the runner of the net, and that operation need a backdoor to carry out. 4. Now, Huawei, and only Huawei opened its code for check. So, pls you tell me, which net equipment maker hasn't been caught as a backdoor maker? And which one you trust most?
Noon Sun
Noon Sun 24 أيام قبل
Watching how US destroys and crushes China now, any third party country who’s supporting US do so today should understand without any doubt that you would be treated the same way if not worse, if the economy development of your country should come anywhere near US, because you help to make that kind of treatment right today. Because we all know it’s the money, the untouchable cheesecake of some, anything else is just an excuse.
jinnmhel1 24 أيام قبل
Use older mobile phone like 3310.. They cant spy you.
Norvin Sakiral
Norvin Sakiral 24 أيام قبل
US is dying.
Where Is Rosie
Where Is Rosie 24 أيام قبل
Too late, UK has now banned Huwawei, bending over for the States
Where Is Rosie
Where Is Rosie 24 أيام قبل
Oracle= 8 backdoor Microsoft= 16 backdoor Apple= 25 backfoora Facebook= 102 backdoors Huwawei= 0 backdoors ....and USA is scared; why?
Ahmed Jutt
Ahmed Jutt 3 أيام قبل
Where Is Rosie
Where Is Rosie 24 أيام قبل
5G Needs to be protected from USA
Where Is Rosie
Where Is Rosie 24 أيام قبل
USA has been stabbing so many countries in the back, its now so terrified, it jumps at the sight of it's own shadow.
Alisa Channe
Alisa Channe 25 أيام قبل
One thing is confirmed, USA is jealous of china.
pst 25 أيام قبل
Trump said, " We will not allow any other country to outcompete the USA in this powerful industry of the Future ". Sounds like a defeated country
pst 25 أيام قبل
China does Capitalism better than any Liberal democratic country of the west.
pst 25 أيام قبل
Huawei has defeated all western companies in the telecommunication industry and backward west can't even blame them for stealing technology what a pity.
Jehad Hassan
Jehad Hassan 26 أيام قبل
About the article of government security intelligence of China and huawei, How funny 😂😂, isn't that what been told to public about iPhone few weeks or month ago. Stop selling all these weak news and admit the huawei is beating the US in this technology field where it's to late for US to catch up with. 😁👍🏻
Mansor Osir
Mansor Osir 26 أيام قبل
so let the US remain with the 4G.
Roy Yung
Roy Yung 27 أيام قبل
America is afraid of China's rise
R G 27 أيام قبل
Buying a Chinese phone ...Apple is too greedy and dislikes Samsung since they are following apple's footsteps! Why spend 1k on a phone when I can pay 600 for almost the same quality? Even worse I can find $400 or less for phones what do the same as a 600 used apple or Samsung phone.
niceimages 27 أيام قبل
But people support Trump do not read Economist Actually they do not read...
IT Junkie
IT Junkie 28 أيام قبل
Who else, while watching this, was thinking about the dumb idea that 5G caused Corona?
Renee.C 24 أيام قبل
Lol and not to mention they legit burnt the 5G tower.
peter wong
peter wong 29 أيام قبل
US always like to label other countries as the villain whenever they felt threaten or just simply finding excuse to stop you from leading the field so that they can remain the leader. If a US company that leads the 5g business instead of Huawei then is whole different story I bet.
Ian Zulick
Ian Zulick 29 أيام قبل
Trump's trade war is only delaying, and in some ways accelerating the inevitable. People say it's unfair that Huawei is subsidized by the Chinese government when the U.S. can literally print money to solve their problems because of the USD's position as the world reserve currency. The fact that the U.S. is still having trouble competing with China despite this tells you everything you need to know.
Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt أشهر قبل
People would buy Chinese products despite the Chinese created the Coronavirus.. So who truly is the ignorant!
stuartfit أشهر قبل
Just watched this video and the Trump administration made me laugh. They kept saying Huawei is controlled by the Chinese government and Huawei has denied it, everything was verbal till proven in front of our eyes right? Let's put Huawei aside for the time being. Now, what about Trump or America as a whole? No other countries needed to even ask, Trump administration just instructed Google, Broadcom and other American companies to stop supplying to Huawei and they all just complied, all that happened right in front of the world's eyes. So assuming if US were to get the 5G started, the question is "Will US spy on the rest of the world?". Because it has proven that all these American giant corporations have to, no other options but to follow what the American government wanted. So don't fxxkin point your finger at others if you yourself is doing exactly that !!
Gulitz T
Gulitz T أشهر قبل
OK let me ask one simple question 'how many people has americans killed including themselves?" statistically speaking china hasn't for 70 years except for the most recent border dispute that broke that. I think the real threat is just make everyone look elsewhere
Gulitz T
Gulitz T أشهر قبل
Anything that has a chance to overthrow there lead is considered a threat
Superman Kint
Superman Kint أشهر قبل
USA so uncomfortable and insecure with CHINA
avatar kharna
avatar kharna أشهر قبل
The greed of Democratic party politicians, businessmen, and Wall street, shut down the abominations and created China as it is today. You eat it you do.
v dranyon
v dranyon أشهر قبل
Enemy of usa, next movie title
Bro. Don
Bro. Don أشهر قبل
Biology Science Dipen
Biology Science Dipen أشهر قبل
I really hate Chinese Communist Party
Somebody Why you bother
Somebody Why you bother أشهر قبل
Nike' Kruger
Nike' Kruger أشهر قبل
Ban China ban Chinese goods
Nichita Octavian
Nichita Octavian أشهر قبل
So much repetition in this US documentary like productions is so annoying. It's treating viewers like they are slow-minded.
Ah Lin
Ah Lin أشهر قبل
Of. Course it is America's right to fear. But it isn't right thing to do
Robin Nguyen
Robin Nguyen أشهر قبل
The truth 4 countries say all tech from Huawei is safe. Wierd right. Why pick a fight. Survival of the fittest. American use real issues already however setting up China as example. Corrupt. First N. Korea, Russia, now China. A friction is bloom. That is why world peace doesn't exist. Lesson learnt. World peace should the world main object. Not this kind news. Can't really no one. A least China trying vastly help tech world. Shhh
Robin Nguyen
Robin Nguyen أشهر قبل
The issue about quality of tech. Because is more missed in china
lakura motata
lakura motata أشهر قبل
6:51 answer of the question coming right after
lakura motata
lakura motata أشهر قبل
2:53 answer of the question coming right after
XIN zhang
XIN zhang أشهر قبل
It’s terrible for foreigners to be brainwashed. They will never admit that China is the best country in the world.
TheMiddleKingdom أشهر قبل
America is fear of competition, they do whatever it takes to eliminate Huawei from the face of the earth.
pachy444 أشهر قبل
M Jamil Hoque
M Jamil Hoque أشهر قبل
Simply, no however we should fear and not trust the US.
Robert Baratheon
Robert Baratheon أشهر قبل
I wonder how much the CCP paid the Economist for this puppet show. It is well known all Chinese companies will yield to the CCP, as we have seen from Alibaba to Tencents. Huawei simply provides one code for western scrutiny then install another code into their products. It's just window dressing like they have done in so many other aspects such as the 're-education centres' in Xinjiang, the National Security Law in Hong Kong, and the Health Code service ID for all it's citizens just to name a few. You will be a fool if you trust the CCP to play by Western rules and abide by International laws.
lucas Santos
lucas Santos أشهر قبل
their lower price has a human price. your life and its own people.
lucas Santos
lucas Santos أشهر قبل
It's a cold war between CCP and Democracy. which side are you?
David Robertson
David Robertson أشهر قبل
Leon Chua
Leon Chua أشهر قبل
Don't forget the fact that American government indeed used their technology to spy the whole world. They made this terrible things happen.
Axel Andres Amor Chin
Axel Andres Amor Chin أشهر قبل
Dear CCP agent, two things could be wrong at the same time.
David LeCornu
David LeCornu أشهر قبل
Democrats wants hauwa
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