Handling China’s Sketchy Huawei.
America and its allies urgently need to throttle Chinese tech firms, or else…
VIVISXN is no fan of Huawei, China’s biggest kleptomaniacal MNC and conniving malware-slinger. Western intel doyens have spent years cautioning that Huawei’s gadgets, phones and networking gear possess sneaky ‘polymorphic code’ and Trojan horses for Chinese spooks (something Huawei has repeatedly pushed back against — please!). Uncle Sam and its allies have threatened to withhold critical intel from any country that allows Huawei to deploy its cloak-and-dagger kit (yeah, you, Germany!). Every day America has raised the stakes, thank goodness. President Trump, armed with ample evidence from the NSA, the DNI and a preponderance of proof from the private sector, barred US companies from using telcos equipment made by sketchball Chinese players (especially Huawei) posing a “risk to national security.”
China is the biggest bandit of them all, pinching almost $300 billion per year of non-Chinese innovation. If the PRC suddenly halted such grand theft, its enterprises would be rapidly out-competed by the Swedes, South Koreans, Japanese and especially the United States. It’s hilarious and shocking to observe officials and PRs there lie through their tea stained teeth like in this VICE vid (at 5:14 minutes). Watch this Chinese cyber goon (APT-1) hack in real time various commercial entities and personal accounts, inject exploits, deploy logic bombs and install rootkits. The Chinese government and Huawei employ hacktards like him (read this about Chinese hackers wanted by the FBI) as part of China’s Three Warfare Strategy to infiltrate competitors, pilfer valuable IP and sabotage DoD projects (like the F-35/J-20 above).
The Commerce Department added Huawei to a list of firms with which American companies cannot do business without official permission. That amounts to a prohibition on exports of American technology to Huawei — chips and IP from the likes of Qualcomm, Infineon, Intel and Alphabet’s Google. Smart move! That prevents eavesdropping snoops and Chinese trolls from meddling in our open society and stealing us blind. Without advanced American chips, Huawei will have a hard time managing its cloud services, making microchip knockoffs and running the undersea cables that ferry global internet traffic.
Supply chains are densely integrated, highly specialized and globally interconnected, obviously. Cutting them off — “weaponizing interdependence”, in the strategic lingo — can cause serious probs. That is precisely what President Trump is doing to the PRC commies and their tech proxies, from which they profit handsomely. The big dogs in Beijing, as a result, aren’t smitten. When ZTE, a smaller Chinese tech serpent, received the same treatment in 2018 for skirting American sanctions on Iran, it was brought to the brink of ruin. It survived only because a beneficent President Trump intervened, claiming it was a favor to Xi Jinping, China’s ‘leader for life.’
Huawei matters way more than ZTE, of course. It is China’s biggest, baddest high-tech company, and is seen as a national champ and ‘precision-guided munition’ in the multidimensional battlespace. Its name translates roughly as “Chinese achievement – 华为技术有限公司.” Revenues of $105 billion put it in the same league as Microsoft. Only Samsung, a South Korean electronics beast, makes and sells more stuff. Huawei holds many crucial patents (it stole most of them, of course!) on super-fast 5G mobile networks, and is the largest manufacturer of full spectrum telecoms equipment, especially for many Third World countries in Africa and the Middle East. Were it to go under, the shock waves would temporarily rattle the tech world but the long-term gain, in the end, would far exceed the short-term pain.
Huawei is a major nuisance for the West and an irritating, long-term adversary for America. Its efforts, if left unchecked — commensurate with the CPC’s geopolitical aspirations — would dilute American hegemony over time and erode enlightenment values in favor of Chinese authoritarianism. That’s just yuk. Huawei’s cellular and network gear is hazardous to your health because as long as there is a pipeline from Huawei’s HQ in China to cell towers in the US, Europe, Australia and everywhere else, the Chinese can hack infrastructure on a whim, activate spyware via its surveillance agencies, upload malware on to cellular and satellite networks, and conduct espionage with a razor-sharp edge.
The Chinese dragon has a rapacious appetite for your personal and professional data and seeks to harvest and exploit it for its own strategic and commercial ends. China’s military-industrial growth model is obviously predatory, mercantilist, confiscatory and zero-sum. It leverages Huawei to wage cyberwar and blunt the West’s techno-economic-cultural dominance. This is the new ‘tech-o-nomic’ Cold War that’s just getting heated up. ‘Chimerica‘ is now unraveling and the commies are currently promulgating a ‘New Long March.’ Xi Jinping just hinted that China could “weaponize” certain rare-earth minerals (above) in this tit-for-tat trade war, denying America dysprosium (Dy), lanthanum (La) and other strategic inputs for making weapons, lasers and batteries. We doubt it. But the bilateral rumble will intensify, no doubt.
Through public/private ‘strategic affiliates’ and wholly-owned subsidiaries like HiSilicon, Huawei, ZTE, CASIC, CETC, etc., the Chinese are guilty as fuck of theft, patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, hornswoggling, piracy and outright subversion! The evidence is indisputable, especially as it pertains to Huawei: it stole Fujitsu‘s industrial Unix server designs, Nortel Networks’ phone switches, T-Mobile’s ‘Tappy’ robotic technology, Cisco’s next-gen 5G routers, Ericsson’s 5G ‘Radio Dot’ designs, Samsung’s blueprints for bendable technology, Lockheed‘s ‘phase array’ antenna/radars, Motorola’s semiconductor designs, Dell’s hardware schematics, Hughes’ satellite telemetry subsystems, CNEX Lab‘s solid-state disk storage technology and oodles and oodles more. Just about every American tech firm’s source code can be found in Huawei’s product offerings, and it systematically violates US export controls on the sale or re-export of American technology to Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Russia, Pakistan, and Sudan. Huawei even installed Faraday shields in their US and overseas offices impenetrable to electronic eavesdropping, akin to facilities in intelligence stations around the world, according to the DIA. Last week the WSJ published a brain-boggling piece about Huawei’s employees going to great lengths to steal trade secrets and undercut competitors “by any means necessary.” Workers even got perks and bonuses for hard to come by pickings with the encouragement of higher-ups. Cultural and corporate malfeasance there is endemic.
No wonder Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s meretricious managing director/CFO (below speaking at ‘Russia Calling‘), is under arrest for sustained and brazen skullduggery. She’s also the big shot daughter of Huawei’s irascible founder, Ren Zhengfei (who worked at Motorola after a career in the PLA as an electronics engineer). Meng is accused of aiding and abetting pariah states like North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. Evidently the CIA has video, audio and financial smoking-guns of the Chinese she-devil doing deals and transacting with sanctioned entities (Skycom) and financial institutions (Bank Saderat BSI of Iran). HSBC lifted the lid back in December after flagging dodgy deposits made in excess of $100 mil. Huawei’s dollar-denominated bonds have fallen off a cliff. Madam Meng is currently chilling in Canada awaiting extradition to the US. She’s become a bargaining chip and high-stakes pawn in the quickly escalating Sino-US trade war (which is really about inter-civilizational conflict and national security — industrial/capitalist democracy vs. state-led ‘capitalism’/technological totalitarianism).
Anyway, stay away from Huawei.
This post was authored by VIVISXN’s proprietary AI Thought Bot ®
Photography Wikimedia Commons + Huawei
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