White House: Huawei Wasn't Spying for China

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Reuters has inside Government sources telling them that Huawei hasn't been spying on China's behalf, but it's still wary of the rapidly growing Chinese telecom.


Last week a U.S. House Intelligence Committee report declared Huawei and ZTE national security risks after an 18-month probe. The White House is standing by that conclusion, but at the same time, it declared that it's not the safest bet to use Huawei equipment, spying or no spying.


And the verdict is out as to whether Huawei, the second-biggest supplier of networking gear in the world, is totally innocent or just playing dumb. There are security vulnerabilities placed in its products that could have been placed there on purpose and there have been reports of suspicious activity, just no hard evidence of spying.

But this fear of this Chinese companies probably won't stop anytime soon—U.S. officials involved in these investigations have made mention of a secret "annex" of information that could suggest they really do have evidence of shady dealings from Huawei. But perhaps it's too sensitive to release. And then again, there's always the chance that we just have this overblown fear of China and there's nothing sketchy going on, but in spite of the White House's report, that's starting to seem less and less likely. [Reuters]

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We have said this many times...China should be treated as one big company.

When the State has complete control, there is no free action. The government may not yet have asked Huawei to spy for it, but it is not a request the company can refuse when that day comes.

The US is absolutely correct to be extremely concern when it comes to IP, security, and all other suspicions when it comes to Chinese companies. It does not mean we should not do business with them, it just mean don't expect them to say "no" to the Chinese government.