Huawei's CFO "Princess" Meng Wanzhou is reportedly "Communist royalty"
by Alan Friedman / Dec 23, 2018, 10:03 PM
When Canadian authorities arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver earlier this month, it added more strain to a declining U.S.-China relationship. The arrest was conducted on behalf of U.S. law enforcement, which had a warrant out for Meng's arrest. The U.S. claims that she had defrauded banks to help Huawei do business with Iran, which would violate U.S. sanctions against the country.
Not only are the U.S. and China in the midst of a trade war, but U.S. government officials have been warning allies that Huawei should be considered a national security threat. U.S. officials tell allies that they should not use Huawei phones or networking equipment. Meng, as the daughter of Huawei's founder and chairman, is considered to be somewhat special in China. The country has imprisoned a trio of Canadians on "vague" charges to retaliate against Meng's arrest, and has threatened to throw more Canadians in jail if Meng is not released soon. While the executive is out on bail, she cannot leave Canada.
But as pointed out today by the New York Post, there is more to Meng Wanzhou than what has been previously reported. Known in the country as "Princess Meng," her grandfather, who was vice governor of China’s largest province, was a close friend to Chairman Mao during the Chinese Civil War. The New York Post calls her "Communist royalty." And currently, she is being groomed to succeed her dad, Ren Zhengfei, as chairman of Huawei. Don't forget that the company is the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, and the global leader in networking equipment.
But there is more. The Post article calls Huawei a "spy agency" for the Communist party and reaches this conclusion by noting that the Communist party has called for all companies in the country to join forces to gather information. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law states that "All organizations and citizens must support, assist with, and collaborate in national intelligence work, and guard the national intelligence work secrets they are privy to."
U.S. lawmakers have been concerned that Huawei phones and networking equipment spy on American consumers and corporations, sending information to China's Communist government. FBI Director Christopher Wray says that Huawei's smartphones can be used to "maliciously modify or steal information (and) conduct undetected espionage." Earlier this year, the U.S. government banned the sale of Huawei phones on U.S. Military bases.
While the U.S. government had a hand in preventing AT&T and Verizon from selling the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in their stores earlier this year, the main fear is that Huawei networking equipment will be used to build out the majority of the world's 5G networks. While countries like the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia have been able to convince other countries like Japan, India and Germany to ban Huawei equipment, the latter has still managed to secure 25 contracts for 5G networks.
As it turns out, the two Chinese characters that make up Huawei's name mean " Serve China." And that is what the U.S. worries about the most; is Huawei serving the Chinese government by being a conduit to the Communist government? The company denies all of the spying charges, calling it "groundless speculation."
Some Chinese companies are supporting Huawei by fining employees who buy an Apple iPhone, and subsidizing purchases of phones made by a domestic company, including Huawei.
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"FBI Director Christopher Wray says that Huawei's smartphones can be used to "maliciously modify or steal information (and) conduct undetected espionage." " The level of BS that the US Gov will spew to get others on their side is growing quickly. This comment by the FBI could be applied to literally every phone manufacturer including Google (although Google isn't doing business with China so that won't help much and n spying on China) and Apple.
posted on Dec 23, 2018, 10:52 PM 11
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So, who should we believe, you or the FBI ?
posted on Dec 24, 2018, 3:32 AM 13
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Well to date noone has been able to present a single piece of evidence to show anykind of government spyware or tracking in Huawei devices. Trump even admitted earlier this year after many years of digging into Huawei devices by a huge NSA taskforce that although Huawei might not have any surveillance built in now, doesnt mean Huawei will not install spyware in future products and software updates. Funny thing is NSA spywares have been proven time after time to be planted into all varieties of American hardware and software. Using Trump's logic, shouldnt the entire world ban American products?
posted on Dec 24, 2018, 12:52 PM 0
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But what if, just a what if, U.S. is right and they're not doing this just for petty company rivalries but for real threats? Are you going to wait for the fire to burn your entire house before stopping it to grow? I don't know any people from NSA or CIA but I am sure with one thing: they have families, they have kids, nephews, siblings and they want to make goddamn sure that these people love will be protected at any bad things that might happen. It's easy for regular folks to say that it's all b.s. but working in intelligence is hard as hell. Communism is an idea that crumbled decades ago, it will not acknowledge your siblings, relatives or loved ones. It is great on papers but sucks in real life. The propaganda is real so don't get blindsided just because you feel your favored phone brand is "unfairly" treated.
posted on Dec 24, 2018, 5:30 AM 8
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All I wanna say is remember that the NSA spied on everyone including those stupid allies.
posted on Dec 23, 2018, 11:05 PM 14
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Okay now the ban is legitimate.
posted on Dec 23, 2018, 11:22 PM 6
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"Huawei's name mean " Serve China." ...I'm amazed ...US can really create stories irresponsibly ...good job :) Does Apple means Serve US too ?
posted on Dec 24, 2018, 1:24 AM 5
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The translation of Huawei. "The name Huawei may be translated as "splendid act" or "China is able" Source Google.
posted on Dec 24, 2018, 1:40 AM 2
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It could mean what you say, but based on the work decomposition here I can see where Alan is coming from as well: https://www.yellowbridge.com/c
posted on Dec 24, 2018, 11:31 AM 0
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Lol. Anyway on a serious note I think US intelligence is definitely onto something, I will say, legit, about them Chinese this time. This isn't just some everyday politics from what I can understand. For the first time, I feel there's really something sinister going on in that Huawei/Chinese camp and US should use there resources to dig into this. My take.
posted on Dec 24, 2018, 3:55 AM 3
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"And currently, she is being groomed to succeed her dad, Ren Zhengfei, as chairman of Huawei" No, it's never going to happen. The reason why she's been kept as CFO of a company is that back in 2011 Ren Zhengfei himself said out loud that he wouldn't make any of his family members his successor. This article and the original source have a few valid points but most of them are baseless assumptions... what a joke.
posted on Dec 24, 2018, 7:40 AM 0
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The Canucks made a big mistake by letting this woman stay in her own home. They should have kept her in a cell instead. If I were them, I'd look for another high profile Commie to throw in jail.
posted on Dec 24, 2018, 9:17 AM 1
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She is arrested because of Huawei did business with Iran, not because of any kind of spying. Also it isn't about protecting Apple. It is about a bully trying so hard to crush another country just because they don't bow them.
posted on Dec 24, 2018, 9:46 AM 1
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