The Strange Saga of Huawei dwindling in America




May be you are familiar with Huawei, a big company in China that has been making headlines in the United States.

Huawei is a test of how the US government is trying to keep the country strong, secure and on the brink as the future of technology is dwindling in America. Huawei could also be an example of selected American officials who take a firm but scattered stand against China while leaving their country at risk in other ways.
Let me explain more about Huawei, why the United States is shutting down the company and what this means for the American people and the world.

Remind me what Huawei is doing?

Huawei sells smartphones and devices that help build the backbone of mobile and internet networks. The company started in the late 1980s, and its growth was one of China's first global business success that marked the country's economic and technological changes.
The company has been a magnet for criticism by robbing foreign rivals, trying to evade US laws against doing business with Iran and helping foreign leaders become spies for their citizens.

The most serious claim from US government officials is that Huawei cannot be separated from the Chinese Civil Society. The United States has said for many years Huawei's Internet devices could be used as a gateway for Chinese government spies or destroy important parts of the Internet in any future controversy. Huawei has repeatedly said that fear is unfounded and that the US government has never provided clear evidence of his allegations.

Huawei's major cracks:

Until a few years ago, there was a conflict. In many countries outside the U.S., companies bought a lot of Huawei's internet, and people bought a lot of their smartphones. But in the US, the government kept Huawei products out.
Trump administration has taken two steps that have changed the status quo.
First, US officials tried to persuade many countries to keep Huawei's Internet devices out of the next generation of 5G mobile networks. Second, the US imposed severe restrictions on Huawei's ability to purchase computer chips and other technologies. Biden management has pushed forward policies.

Sales of Huawei phones began to plummet as the company could not afford the essentials, and some countries decided not to buy Huawei's internet equipment. Huawei's business is still healthy, but it's getting sicker. There are other criminals of Huawei's struggles, but US government policies are an important factor.

What's bigger?

Most Americans probably don’t care about the pain of a foreign company, and no one in Washington wants to easily travel to Chinese or Chinese companies.
But I want the American people to think about whether the policies used against Huawei on our behalf are the best use of government attention and power.
 
Samm Sacks, an expert on cyberpolicy and the New America think tank, told me that US policy regarding Huawei was ubiquitous and could distract leaders from some of the risk factors.

He said keeping Huawei's equipment in the heart of key US infrastructure could be a step towards protecting American key communications networks, but said government officials needed to do more. Keeping out Huawei has not stopped the growing number of malicious computer attacks on US companies and government agencies, hospitals, water systems and energy suppliers, for example.
 
U.S. policy can address those risks, too, of course. But it has been easier for the US to be harder on China than to face complex problems in its own country.

"Criticizing Huawei did not solve the problem of keeping networks safe and secure," Sacks said. "I'm just worried that this is an opportunity which is missed to put in place strict safety standards."
 
And, he said, why Huawei is not allowed to buy parts that could be sold in France or Latin American for smartphones  cell phone towers?
 
In the latter part of the century, much of the world's most important technology was dominated by U.S. companies. or in the United States. That is beginning to change. The TikTok app , has grown to be popular in many countries, which comes from the Chinese conglomerate online. (The U.S. tried to shut it down due to security concerns but stopped those programs.) Chinese companies are keen to sell electric vehicles and green energy technologies in many countries.

The US government will need to figure out how to best respond to unconventional technologies within its borders. Punishing individual companies is unlikely to solve everything.

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