Huawei’s strategy could give Beijing ‘coercive power’
Beijing [China], May 29 (ANI): Despite close scrutiny of Huawei’s operations around the world, a new report suggests that the Chinese telecommunications company has been awarded contracts to provide cloud infrastructure in emerging economies in Asia, Africa and from Latin America.
This grip on emerging markets could allow Beijing to gather important and sensitive information for “coercive leverage,” reported Voice of America (VOA) citing a research paper published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS ). identified 70 agreements in 41 countries between Huawei and foreign governments or state-owned companies for cloud infrastructure and e-government services, a consolidation that can reduce administrative costs.
The contracts ran from 2006 to April 2021. It comes as several countries around the world are banning or restricting Huawei from their 5G networks.
According to the CSIS report, Huawei is carving a niche as a supplier to governments and state-owned enterprises, “its activities could provide Chinese authorities with intelligence and even leverage.” not own or control customer data. “Network security and user privacy are our top priorities,” the statement added.
The United States has been at the forefront of an effort to restrict the use of Huawei equipment in 5G mobile networks, citing serious security concerns.
Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp have been named as national security threats by the United States, saying they have close ties to the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese military apparatus.
Huawei also faces resistance from other governments over the risk that its technology could be used for espionage. (ANI)