Thursday, 28 May, 2020

Huawei chairman agrees to sign 'no-spy' deal

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Deanna Wagner | 15 May, 2019, 18:46

Speaking about espionage concerns, Liang said Huawei was willing to sign a "no-spy agreement" with governments, including the United Kingdom.

President Donald Trump could sign an executive order effectively banning Chinese tech giant Huawei from the US's 5G network as early as this week.

"We are willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments, including the United Kingdom government, to commit ourselves to making our equipment meet the no-spy, no-backdoors standard", Huawei chairman Liang Hua told reporters in London via an interpreter.

"The cyber security issue is not exclusive to just one single supplier or one single company, it is a common challenge facing the entire industry and the entire world", he said.

Liang wants to ensure everyone that Huawei does not act on behalf of the Chinese government, and respects the local laws and regulations of each country. "We urge the U.S.to stop citing security concerns as an excuse to unreasonably suppress Chinese companies and provide a fair and equitable and non-discriminatory environment for Chinese companies to operate in the U.S". In December, Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Canada on suspicion of violating USA sanctions concerning Iran.

The official also said that the order, which could be signed as soon as Wednesday, has nothing to do with the recent escalation of the trade conflict with China.

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Ren Zhengfei, the company's founder and Meng's father, has denied espionage allegations and a link to China's government.

The White House and Commerce Department declined to comment.

Huawei is offering to sign no-spy agreements with governments to sell more of its telecom equipment.

"We are concerned that China could compel actions by network vendors to act against the interests of USA citizens and citizens of other countries around the world", Strayer said.

Liang said Huawei did not act on behalf of China's government in any global market.

"There are no Chinese laws requiring companies to collect intelligence from a foreign government or implant back doors for the government".