Chinese tech billionaire mocks Trump’s eagerness to expand 5G – Washington Examiner

Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, told CBS News that “5G is not an atomic bomb,” in reference to President Trump’s eagerness to expand the 5G infrastructure.

The giant tech company is leading the charge on China’s efforts to dominate the global 5G space and has established contracts with over 30 countries in the global south, a move that puts China on the path towards wireless broadband hegemony.

The White House has made American dominance in 5G infrastructure a critical component of its national security strategy. The expansion and transition into the 5G space will set a platform for innovation and revamped research, allowing stronger and more reliable connectivity, faster data transfer speeds, a wider bandwidth.

Ren said of the U.S., “they’ve been regarding 5G as the technology at the same level of the — some other military equipment.”

The build-out would open the doors for new everyday use technology, such as driver-less automobiles.

The new technology, however, is still unsecure and is vulnerable to cyberattacks, something the Trump administration has repeatedly accused China of doing. Breaches into the wireless networks could jeopardize American intelligence. For that reason, the White House has deemed Huawei a threat to national security.

“It is so much faster, and it allows such a larger data flow that it significantly enhances the capabilities of an intelligence service to steal data,” former CIA acting director Michael Morell told CBS. “5G is going to allow a much larger number of devices to be connected to the Internet. When you connect more devices, you create more platforms from which an intelligence service can spy from.”

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Huawei has already run into problems with U.S. officials in the past. In 2012, the federal government banned the use of Huawei networking equipment after accusations that the telecommunications company was filtering information gathered from its networks directly to the Chinese government. Canadian officials arrested Wanzhou Meng, Ren’s daughter and the company’s chief financial officer, in December on behalf of the U.S.

Just last month, the Department of Justice disclosed a 23-count indictment document, including evasion of sanctions against Iran and theft of American intellectual property. The latter has been major sticking point in the U.S.’ ongoing trade negotiations with China.

The State Department has also been active in warning partners and allies about the use Huawei’s 5G technology.

“If a country adopts this and puts it in some of their critical information systems, we won’t be able to share information with them,” Pompeo said during an interview with Fox Business. “In some cases, there’s risk. We won’t even be able to co-locate American resources, an American embassy, an American military outpost.”

The White House, however, has received poor reception to their all-out rebuking of Huawei. Both the United Kingdom and Germany are reported to have Huawei under contract consideration for building out their 5G wireless networks on a nationwide scale.


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