Today, the dispute between Huawei and western governments intensified following the accusation of a senior executive at the telecoms company that the United States of America is mounting a smear campaign against it.
Eric Xu, the chairman of Huawei slammed authorities of the United States for carrying out a “coordinated geopolitical campaign” against the telecoms giant in an attempt to gain ground in its ongoing trade war with China.
In recent months, the Chinese tech firm has been mired in controversy amid concerns that its equipment could be utilised for spying – an accusation that the company denies.
The remarks came after Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, ramped up the attack on Huawei by warning its European allies against the use of the firm’s technology.
Earlier this week, Pompeo informed European countries that the presence of the technology of Huawei could compromise diplomatic ties with the United States.
However, today, Xu hit back at the claims. It described them as an “indication that the US government is using a national machine against a small company – as small as a sesame seed.”
Xu informed reporters in Shenzhen that a ban of the equipment of Huawei in US 5G infrastructure would not have an effect on the company.
He stated: “No matter the outcome, it will not have a major impact because we have virtually no business presence there [in the US] and no expectation of a major business presence there.”
Xu is one of the three rotating chairman of the company. He also played down concerns over the potential bans in New Zealand and Australia.
He stated: “We certainly don’t expect our 5G equipment to be chosen by all countries,” he said.
In New Zealand, Huawei has launched a tongue-in-cheek advertising campaign in an attempt to allay the concerns over the security of its products.
The company took out full-page adverts in major newspapers of New Zealand saying: “5G without Huawei is like rugby without New Zealand.”
Last week, Ryan Ding, an executive from Huawei, penned a note to MPs denying the claims that it would cooperate with Chinese authorities to spy on its customers.
However, it said that the firm needs three to five years to resolve the concerns that were raised in a report by UK security officials in 2018.