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The US is asking allies not to trust Chinese tech-giant Huawei

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doll is placed in a cherry blossom tree while onlookers take
pictures with their smartphones in the Gucun Park in Shanghai
March 4, 2017. Every year the cherry blossoms in this park
attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. The official Cherry
Blossom Festival in the Gucun park starts end of
March.

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  • The US government has begun to rally its allies against
    Chinese tech giant Huawei, fearing its close ties to the Chinese
    government.
  • Officials working for President Donald Trump’s administration
    have briefed key allies about the national security concerns
    posed by Huawei, which was founded by a former People’s
    Liberation Army major.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that the administration is
    also considering offering financial aid to countries that step up
    and block Huawei.
  • The outreach over Huawei comes as the world shifts to adapt
    to the US’s new confrontational posture against China.

The US has begun what the Wall Street Journal calls
“an extraordinary outreach program”
in an effort to rally its
allies against allowing the Chinese tech giant Huawei to gain
access to essential infrastructure. 

Officials from President Donald Trump’s administration have
reportedly sought and briefed an array of partners and allies,
from government counterparts to high-tech communications firms,
following a crystallization of national security concerns over
the intentions and capabilities of the Chinese telecommunications
giant.

Huawei,
founded by Ren Zhengfei
a former officer in the People’s
Liberation Army, is now the world’s No. 2 smartphone manufacturer
after South Korea’s Samsung.

The Journal reported that so far, the US has briefed Germany,
Italy, and Japan.

US officials also told the outlet that the administration is
considering offering financial  aid to countries that step
up and block Huawei.

The US has slapped tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese
imports, drawing swift retaliation from the Chinese government.

The US has also tightened up foreign-investment rules targeting
Chinese deal making and its major allies are
starting to come on board
.

Europe this week stepped up its scrutiny of Foreign Direct
Investment specifically out of China, after absorbing almost
double the amount of Chinese money that was invested in the US
over the last decade.

Americans have been told repeatedly to steer clear of
Chinese-made Huawei and ZTE branded smartphones — intelligence
officials and lawmakers share grave doubts over the opaque
intentions of such firms and their cozy relationships with
the Chinese government.

An obligation to the state


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Spectators
take photos as they watch the Comac C919, China’s first large
passenger jet, coming in for a landing on its maiden flight at
Shanghai’s Pudong airport on May 5, 2017. The first large
made-in-China passenger plane took off on its maiden test flight
on May 5, marking a key milestone on the country’s ambitious
journey to compete with the world’s leading aircraft
makers.

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According to Danielle Cave of the Australian Strategic Policy
Institute (ASPI), anyone who doubts the Chinese Communist Party’s
grip on state firms and the essential unsuitability of Huawei to
participate in communications infrastructure projects needs to
get familiar with Article 7 of China’s 2017 National
Intelligence Law (国家情报法).

The law states:

“All organizations and citizens shall, in accordance with
the law, support, cooperate with, and collaborate in national
intelligence work, and guard the secrecy of national
intelligence work they are aware of…”

“The state will protect individuals and organizations that
support, cooperate with, and collaborate in national
intelligence work.”

According to Cave, even if a Chinese company had “the best
of intentions,” the law makes it clear what their duty is
whenever opportunity should arise.

“A company might have the best of intentions—work hard,
foster a good reputation, make a profit—but this law undercuts
those intentions by making it clear that Chinese organisations
are expected to support, cooperate with and collaborate in
national intelligence work,” Cave said. “T

hey must
also keep the intelligence work they’re aware of a
secret.”

The US’s push, which was reportedly seeded before the current
administration took over, reflects the fears of many analysts
that Chinese firms operating in bad faith might embed themselves
just as the next-gen wireless 5G network is rolled out worldwide.

Some US officials fear the rise of such centrally-organized
technological giants could empower authoritarian governments,
potentially turning irritants into outright foes, The Journal
reported.

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