Huawei Takes Their Failed Australia Spinbook & Try’s To Use It In The UK
Questionable Chinese technology brand Huawei,has taken their Australian playbook strategy despite it failing dismally and are now rolling it out in the UK.
What’s not known is whether any of the Australian employees who became masters at spinning Chinese propaganda for Huawei, are giving the UK Chinese spin doctors any advice.
After Australian banned Huawei from rolling out their high risk 5G network gear in Australia, the UK wobbled and no clear decision was made, that was until COVID-19 hit and more Chinese propaganda polluted the UK airwaves, now politicians are calling for a total ban.
Like in Australia there was an open letter to the public, we even got town hall meetings, that saw the Chinese telecoms company claim that they were “as committed as ever” to provide “the best 5G equipment”.
The Chinese also appear to have leaned on banks who need Chinese investment money.
A report in the UK Daily Telegraph, said the London-headquartered bank HSBC fears it could face reprisals in China, if the UK acts against Huawei.
The Sunday Times also reported that China’s ambassador to the UK had recently told business leaders that Beijing viewed the matter as “a litmus test of whether Britain is a true and faithful partner”.
Victor Zhang, vice president of Huawei and head of its UK operations, told the BBC the advertising campaign was about giving people the facts amid all the “noise” surrounding the company.
He said he hoped the UK would take an “evidence and fact-based approach” and like in Australia the Chinese Company warned of huge economic impact if greater connectivity was delayed by the company’s exclusion, potentially running into the tens of billions of pounds of lost productivity benefits.
“We need to work closely to address the issue, but we need to take action to accelerate the broadband deployment,” he said. “We don’t have time to delay this.”
Huawei’s first significant global breakthrough came in the UK in 2005, when it signed a deal to upgrade BT’s copper broadband service, five years after having entered the market.
Back in January, UK ministers announced that Huawei’s market share would be capped at 35%, and it would be excluded from sensitive locations, as well as the so-called “core” of the network, which is likened to the brains of the system.
It appeared that the Chinese tech giant had avoided the outright ban that the US had been pressing for, on the grounds that the firm poses a national security risk.
But a backbench rebellion by Conservative MPs in March and then the coronavirus crisis has heightened political pressure for the UK to be less dependent on China.
And Washington’s campaign has also not relented since January’s decision, despite Huawei’s repeated denials that it would ever compromise its clients.
In May, the US placed significant new sanctions on the company, which limits its access to American computer chip technology.
“We think this decision will heavily impact on the global supply chain of the semiconductor industry,” Mr Zhang told the BBC. “We need to work out a solution.”
Then the spooks stepped in.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) carried out its own review.
NCSC is expected to report in the coming weeks and may say it has lost confidence it can manage the risks associated with Huawei being involved in 5G.
That could open the way for the government to shift its position to further reducing, or even eventually eliminating Huawei’s role.
‘Trail of blood’
The founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei was reported by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday to have told staff in 2018 that the company was in a battle with the US and they should “surge forward, killing as you go, to blaze us a trail of blood”.
Asked about the language, Mr Zhang said it reflected a sense that Huawei was under intense attack from the United States.
“We are very vulnerable, and we know America tried to attack Huawei with so called security reasons which are actually totally wrong,” he said.
“It is simply because of trade and protectionism.”