Huawei at the centre of a global technology war

The world could split into spheres of influence in the fight over 5G supremacy between the United States and China

Over the past few months, the US government has launched an assault against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for three publicly acknowledged reasons: Huawei, as the Justice Department alleges, was involved in sanctions-busting with Iran. The company also allegedly stole US technology and even awarded its employees bonuses to do so.

And third, because Huawei is a Chinese company and Chinese law mandates that it follow the orders of its security services, anything Huawei installs in equipment used by a US ally could pose a security risk to the United States.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 09, 2019, with the headline 'Huawei at the centre of a global technology war'. Subscribe