US spying on Huawei an undeclared invasion

Updated: 2014-03-28 07:39

By Chen Weihua(China Daily)

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He is clearly referring to an October 2012 US House Intelligence Committee report which advised US companies to avoid doing business with Huawei and another Chinese telecom firm ZTE, citing national security concerns. No evidence was given in that report.

While people are waiting for any evidence to be presented by the US, including by President Barack Obama who is clearly aware of the NSA hacking, it may be too naive for them to believe that national security is actually the real or only reason behind the NSA act.

There is no doubt that too many interest groups, whether lawmakers, lobbyists and businesses, benefit and profit from fearmongering about China and Chinese tech companies.

That is probably also why many think tank folks and those so-called cyber security experts have shown no interest in analyzing the latest NSA scandal against Huawei. What about James Clapper, director of the National Intelligence, or Michael Hayden, the former chief of NSA and Central Intelligence Agency, or Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who presided over the release of the 2012 report against Huawei and ZTE, or even President Obama? All of them have been pointing fingers at China as a cyber security threat.

The latest revelations again show why the US government has been so vicious in hunting down Snowden, since only 1 percent of the materials he gave The Guardian have been made public so far. What about the remaining 99 percent?

It is time for the US to rectify Huawei's reputation. It is time for Obama to order a stop to the Shotgiant invasion and apologize. Otherwise the next time he gives an eloquent speech on the subject, people won't be able to feel any honesty, only slyness.

The author, based in Washington, is deputy editor of China Daily USA.

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