Cyber espionage: China intensifies tech cold war


China’s telecom giant Huawei is facing mounting scrutiny, with the US and other governments concerned that its market dominance poses a national security threat. Global Insight examines what’s at stake as the two superpowers compete for who controls global technology this century.

Long-standing concerns in the United States about Chinese tech giant Huawei – one of the world’s largest suppliers of telecoms equipment – have intensified in recent months. In August 2018, the US government introduced a ban on the use of Huawei’s equipment and services, citing national security fears.

America’s concerns are essentially that gear from Huawei that’s embedded in mobile and communications networks could be used by the Chinese government for spying and cyberattacks.

Huawei has strongly denied the accusations, and consistently clarified that it’s a private company not under Chinese government control and not subject to Chinese security laws overseas.

Even so, a number of other governments are now viewing the company as a potential security threat, particularly as Huawei is a global leader in the new generation 5G mobile networks that will drive the next tech advance.

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