The flagship Mobile World Congress event is now just a week away, and when the telecoms industry gathers in Barcelona for its annual show and tell it could be the most interesting one yet. Not because of early-adopter 5G handsets and folding screens, not because of demos of lightning-fast 5G downloads and AI apps, but because it will become the epicenter of a ‘tech war’ between the U.S. and China that has escalated to threaten the best-laid 5G deployment plans of countries around the world.
Huawei has become the quasi-proxy for this tech war. The world’s largest 5G equipment manufacturer is increasingly exposed, caught in the crossfire between Beijing and Washington D.C. “It’s China’s Huawei against the world as spying concerns mount,” suggested today’s South China Morning Post, adding that “the telecoms giant is finding it increasingly difficult to find a friend.”
Huawei has built a business from its base in a ‘closed’ domestic economy, one of the central issues behind U.S. trade war claims of unfair practices.
After the U.S. government warned allies about the national security risks associated with Huawei, and that deploying such equipment would risk Washington’s support, China accused the U.S. of unjust and immoral fabrications and geopolitical bullying.
Last year Huawei surpassed Ericsson to become the world’s largest telecoms equipment manufacturer and trailed only Samsung for smartphone sales.
The Chinese state is desperate to help, to do whatever it can to support its 5G export base. ”What the U.S. has done is unjust, immoral and nothing like how a major country is supposed to act,” claimed Hua Chunying. “We believe that the vast majority of countries will not fail to make out the true intentions and the bullying nature of the U.S. side.”
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