Q: For some time many US officials have been lobbying against Huawei all over the world. On September 12, the US State Department's deputy assistant secretary Strayer said that during his visit with the Federal Communications Commission chair to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, they talked about security risks of using Huawei in 5G networks. He said that the US must exclude Huawei from deployments of 5G to ensure security of the framework. The South China Morning Post just quoted a report by Bloomberg about a letter sent by the US Semiconductor Industry Association to Secretary Ross of the Commerce Department, asking for prompt actions to clear sales to Huawei. Do you have a comment?
A: For some time, the US has not only been abusing national power to target certain Chinese enterprises itself, but has also kept up a global campaign to smear Chinese businesses. Such behavior runs counter to the basic market principle and international rules. It is neither decent nor moral.
As the US fabricates and spreads rumor about the security threat posed by Huawei 5G network, it has never provided any evidence. Just recently, when CNBC asked a US official if there is any clear evidence on Huawei, the reply was, "This is a wrong question." So far not a single country, organization, company or individual has produced any evidence showing that Huawei poses a threat. In May, Der Tagesspiegel stated that after years of review, the UK government, Germany's Federal Office for Information Security and the European Commission all failed to find any backdoor in Huawei. Security loopholes, however, have been detected in US company Cisco's equipment, with 10 backdoor cases revealed since 2013. Back in 2014, Apple admitted in a statement that it could access users' personal data such as text messages, contacts and photos via iPhone backdoor. In 2018, Facebook's backdoor was exposed. According to PRISM expositions, US citizens have no privacy at all, from their telephone calls, correspondence, files to voice data, in front of US intelligence agencies. The surveillance program also covered telephone calls of leaders of 35 foreign countries including closest allies of the US, in some cases for as long as ten years. And those who helped carrying out the program are, as revealed by reports available to the public, US businesses such as Cisco and Apple.
Given these open records, any fair-minded person will come to the conclusion that if countries want to ensure cyber security, they should be on alert not against Huawei, but Cisco and Apple. Huawei has offered clarifications and pledges on security issues on many occasions. Can the US side do the same?
I would like to point out that supply chain security is a constant issue throughout the development and evolution of information and communications technology (ICT). It is nothing new exclusive to 5G or any company. We are firmly against any deliberately fabricated "Huawei 5G security" issue and firmly against abusing the national security concept to restrict Chinese ICT enterprises' normal operation and cooperation. We believe countries should hold in-depth discussions on the real issue of supply chain security on a fair, just and non-discriminatory basis and try to put forward feasible suggestions to jointly safeguard the security of information technology products and services.