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US failure to prove Huawei claims reveals bully mindset

The US Department of Commerce announced on Monday that it will extend a temporary licence loosening restrictions on business deals with Huawei for another 90 days, yet it has also decided to add another 46 Huawei affiliates to the Entity List.

In response, Huawei said the move is “politically motivated and has nothing to do with national security.”

The commerce department first put Huawei and its 68 affiliates on the Entity List in May citing a so-called possible security threat.

However, given the fact that Washington has so far failed to offer any credible evidence to prove its accusations, its blacklisting of Huawei is a reflection of Washington’s logic of bullying. As Huawei is deeply embedded in the global supply chain, the Chinese company has been widely regarded as a time-proven, reliable and safe business partner. Therefore, it is not easy for Washington to persuade even its allies to ban Huawei over some groundless charges.

The illusion that shutting Huawei out from the United States will give the country an upper hand in the global 5G competition is also flawed. Washington’s abuse of the state apparatus to arbitrarily crack down on a company will give rise to doubts about US credibility and may diminish the country’s technological edge.

Unfair restrictions

The unfair restrictions on Huawei have forced the Chinese company to independently explore a painstaking path to research and innovation, whose outcomes may provide more options for the industry and customers worldwide.

Huawei has already launched the HarmonyOS, an alternative operating system to Google’s Android.

“If the US government does not allow Google to provide the Android operating system,” Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s founder and chief executive officer, told Sky News, “then the world may have a third operating system — and that is not in the best benefit or interests of the United States.”

In today’s world of growing interdependence, the birth of technological breakthroughs increasingly requires mutually beneficial cooperation that transcends national borders.

A zero-sum mindset that seeks momentary dominance at the expense of others will only suffocate the spirit of openness, the very source of innovation.


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