US Secretary of State says Huawei is an 'instrument of Chinese government'

US Secretary of State says Huawei is an 'instrument of Chinese government'
The United States kept the pressure on Chinese telecommunications giant and phone maker Huawei today as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the company takes direct orders from the Chinese Government.

“Huawei is an instrument of the Chinese government,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox Business Network. “They’re deeply connected. It’s something that’s hard for Americans to understand.”

On May 16th, US President Donald Trump used an executive order to declare a national emergency over security threats from China. At the same time, Huawei and 68 of its affiliates were placed on the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Entity List. Companies on the list cannot do business with U.S. firms, meaning that they cannot get parts, components, hardware, and software without obtaining a license from the U.S. government. And this led Google and a number of chip makers to cut ties with Huawei, putting its phone business in jeopardy. Just a day after the ban, the Trump administration surprisingly came to the rescue of Huawei by issuing a temporary license that allows U.S. companies to do business with Huawei for three months. All of this takes place amidst as a massive trade war unfolding between the world's two largest economies.

This latest statement by Mike Pompeo confirms the firm stand that the US Government has taken.

“Our companies cooperate with the United States government. That is, they comply with our laws. But no president directs an American private company. That’s very different in China. They just simply operate under a different set of a rules,” Pompeo said.

Unfortunately, the US Government has put the blame on Huawei based on confidential information that it has not shared with the public and this is why it's impossible to tell how real and how big the threat from Huawei really is. The Chinese company, of course, denies the allegations and says that there is no proof about any malicious intent or a backdoor in its products, and it also denies claims that it takes direct orders from Beijing.

We will be following how this story develops over the next few weeks and months, as we will surely see more power moves by both the US and China sides.


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45 Comments

1. vladcooo

Posts: 6; Member since: May 11, 2018

.... the US Government has put the blame on Huawei based on confidential information that it has not shared with the public and this is why it's impossible to tell how real and how big the threat from Huawei really is.... So lets ban the whole company because out NSA doenst know s**t about Huawei ... Americans...

6. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Normally if there's proof & or evidence it would have been leaked out by now. We have nothing. The next smartphone release is leaked months in advance.

11. Galen20K

Posts: 579; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

there's plenty of evidence...... you just choose not to see it. they've been sued multiple times for stealing 0ther companies IP, including T-Mobile US which they got sued for, lost, and had to pay up. Selective memory is a finicky thing it seems.

35. HildyJ

Posts: 341; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I'll point out that the T-Mobile case involved a screen tapping robot - which doesn't seem like a national security threat. That said, there is evidence of a government intelligence agency having a back door installed in routers. Unfortunately for the Huawei-phones, it was our NSA and Cisco. This is just a trade war bargaining chip. If it was real it would have been raised a lot earlier.

37. mixedfish

Posts: 1563; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I had a good laugh at the T-Mobile case......for a robot arm with a stylus attached to it OMG such innovation.

36. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Just tell me a name of a company, an American company, that never stole other company's ideas. .industrial espionage is an American thing...

5. QuantumRazer

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

PA, please write an article about Fedex "accidentally" rerouting their packages to US!

7. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That's not instrumentation. That's complying with US laws...smh

41. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

How is intercepting packages from Japan to Hong Kong or from Vietnam to Singapore that involve no US companies complying with US laws ? How did these packages end up in the US? Fedex complying with the wishes of the US Gov? It may well have cost them the ability to operate in China.

8. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

Those copying, spying theives shouldn't allowed to sell any product anywhere outside of china.

9. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

All claims, no proof. It's just a trade and espionage war.

12. JohnR

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Where is your proof they're not an instrument of the government?

18. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

The presumption of innocence is the legal principle that one is considered innocent unless proven guilty. The legal burden of proof is on the prosecution. US government does not clearly follow these principles.

17. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

There's plenty of proof. Use Google (another american company)

32. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

As of now still no proof. Reminder of how they now claim that Iran attacked the ships at the UAE Port while there is no proof. Remember who attacked USS Liberty back in the days

13. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

If spying was the real issue then ban all sales of Huawei devices and networks in the US. They essentially killed the company. What about the global scene.

14. irwan92

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

Proove it !! Don't just say something uncertain. I can say the same thing too that usa is a terrorist country without a proof. Oh wait .. there's alot of proof. They invaded others country in the name of humanity and peace. What a shame !!!

15. Alcyone

Posts: 535; Member since: May 10, 2018

Wishing now my father told me more of his doings in the CIA before he passed. All I will say is this: Citizens of the US domestic and abroad are not as "free" as they (me included) think. Huawei is not the worst of the evils at the moment. Did people really think it was cool to embed batteries and make them non-user replaceable? A phone turned off, is not fully off to the CIA or even the NSA. Some things I do know, for sure. And the sh*t storm is just beginning. Say what you will on me, and what I say. But, the truth is not peaches and cream for anyone. Just live life, and not think to much into what we can't control. Stress and anxiousness is very much detrimental to health.

31. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Makes you wonder why they pushed batteries so they can not be removed

20. Droid1

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

If you have a problem with the American government spying on Americans, just remember as a American citizen we have not had any terrorist attack on U. S. soil since 911. Europeans can't say that.

22. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Brainwashed by US government? Just Look wikipedias list of terrorism attacks in US. Though it's true that most are executed by domestic gun-crazy extremists ... maybe you are ok with them.

23. Droid1

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Homegrown terrorist are in every country. That's one of my constitutional rights is to bear arms. Maybe in your country your not allowed to protect yourself.

28. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Maybe in my country I dont have to fear everyday.

39. Marcwand3l

Posts: 453; Member since: May 08, 2017

Yeah but Europeans never had terrorist attacks as severe as the 911. Also there are constant mass shooting in the US anyway. You don't need Muslim terrorists, you've already got plenty of your own.

42. Droid1

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

I see mass shootings on TV that happen in Europe all the time. Plus Europeans we're part of hundreds of different regions around the world who lost lives on 911

24. emitchell4luv

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

If US now use Huawei for trade deal..........does that remove the the allegations levelled against them...........just thinking out loud

25. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Wouldn't be the first time the US are making outlandish claims to propagate their agenda. The Iraqis are still counting the costs of the last global brainwashing by America..

30. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Not the first time.

26. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I think the owner of Huawei China government.

29. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

What does one expect from Trump's own hand picked inner circle of men..?

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