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‘Huawei Is the Most Scrutinized Company in the World’
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The US alleges that Huawei’s equipment is a threat to national security. What is Huawei’s response?

 

The allegations from the US have not been backed up by any evidence so far. Huawei’s devices and networks are not a threat to the United States, or any country.

 

In the 30 years since Huawei’s founding, we have served over three billion people across 170 countries and maintained a spotless cybersecurity track record. There has never been a single major cyber security incident. We have embedded strict security requirements into all of our systems used globally. We fully abide by all local laws and regulations in every nation we operate in.

 

Has Huawei had any major cybersecurity incidents?

 

No, Huawei has not had any major cybersecurity incidents while working with more than 500 telecom providers, including most of the top 50 telecom operators, for nearly 20 years in 170 countries to connect more than 3 billion people. No other vendor can claim this level of cybersecurity success.

 

Currently, Huawei is the most scrutinized company in the world and has been taking measures to ensure the security of its products. Huawei R&D heavily focuses on security throughout the entire product lifecycle. Huawei has created testing centers in the UK, Brussels and Canada to allow for independent testing of Huawei’s equipment. Huawei is investing an additional US$2 billion to strengthen our cybersecurity measures.

 

Has Huawei worked with Chinese intelligence?

 

No, Huawei does not work with Chinese intelligence and never has. Doing so would run contrary to our commitment to our customers, and Huawei would never betray that trust.

 

What is Huawei’s relationship with the Chinese government?

 

Huawei is a private company, owned solely by our employees. No third parties hold any shares in the company, and that includes the Chinese government.

 

We are a global company that works openly and transparently with the governments of 170 countries where we do business. We have commercial agreements in place with these governments, and this includes China. We sell civil communication products to the Chinese government, and that is the extent of the relationship.

 

Does Huawei have ties to the Communist Party of China (CPC)?

 

Chinese law states that Chinese and foreign companies operating in China must set up CPC committees. In accordance with this law, Huawei had set up a CPC Committee. Our CPC Committee is not involved in any operational or business decisions.

 

Our founder Ren Zhengfei is a member of the CPC but this has no bearing on the business. To explain why, it is useful to put this into its historical context. When Ren Zhengfei was a young man, you needed to be a CPC member to have any position of responsibility, even as the head of a cooking team in the military.

 

Does China’s National Intelligence Law compel Huawei to plant so-called ‘backdoors’ in telecommunications infrastructure?

 

According to two independent, international law firms Zhong Lun and Clifford Chance, Chinese law does not compel Huawei to install so-called “backdoors” in telecommunications infrastructure. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China has also confirmed this claim is based on a misreading of China’s National Intelligence Law.

 

Clifford Chance reviewed an independent verification by Zhong Lun, which found the relevant articles of the Counter Espionage Law, the Anti-Terrorism Law, the Cyber Security Law, the National Intelligence Law, and the State Security Law do not empower PRC government authorities to plant so-called “backdoors,” eavesdropping devices or spyware in telecommunications equipment.

 

When asked if China would request a company to spy on other countries, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told reporters that “this is not consistent with Chinese law. This is not how China behaves…we did not do that and will not do that in future.”

 

Huawei has never received such a request and we would categorically refuse to comply if we did. Huawei is an independent company that works only to serve its customers. We would never compromise or harm any country, organization, or individual, especially when it comes to cyber security and user privacy protection.

 


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