Grow­ing stronger key to solv­ing Huawei is­sue

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

Huawei is now fac­ing its most se­vere test since it be­came the world-renowned in­no­va­tive tech com­pany. Ja­pan’s Ky­odo News re­ported Fri­day that the coun­try “plans to ef­fec­tively ex­clude Chi­nese telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment mak­ers Huawei and ZTE from pub­lic pro­cure­ment.” US ef­forts to pres­sure its al­lies to stop us­ing Chi­nese high­tech prod­ucts seem to have made new progress. Mean­while, Huawei’s Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer Meng Wanzhou was de­tained by Canada on De­cem­ber 1 at the be­hest of the US, which has made head­lines around the world.

Thirty years af­ter the com­pany was es­tab­lished, Huawei has been mak­ing step by step progress on the path of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion. To­day, it has be­come a tech gi­ant with 180,000 em­ploy­ees, al­most half of whom are re­search per­son­nel. It does busi­ness around the globe and it is gen­er­ally be­lieved that some of Huawei’s 5G tech­nolo­gies are world lead­ers.

But the US has been pil­ing on ever in­creas­ing pres­sure on Huawei over the past two years. Along with re­strict­ing Huawei’s prod­ucts from en­ter­ing the US mar­ket, Wash­ing­ton is de­mand­ing its al­lies take co­or­di­nated ac­tion and bar Huawei’s equip­ment in the con­struc­tion of their 5G net­works. Aus­tralia, New Zealand the UK have all fol­lowed the US lead. It shows Wash­ing­ton’s unique ca­pa­bil­ity to el­bow out Chi­nese high-tech firms through non-mar­ket means.

Huawei has to sail against this wind, a chal­lenge the Chi­nese high-tech com­pany is bound to face. It is also a re­flec­tion of the chal­lenges the coun­try’s en­tire tech­nol­ogy sec­tor is fac­ing.

Un­like China’s State-owned en­ter­prises, Huawei is a gen­uine pri­vate firm. But the se­vere po­lit­i­cal dis­crim­i­na­tion and re­pul­sion from the US re­flect an un­de­ni­able fact – the po­lit­i­cal gap be­tween China and the US and a few other West­ern nations is too wide to bridge.

To solve Huawei’s predica­ment, the com­pany has to pur­sue its su­pe­rior and ir­re­place­able sta­tus in the in­dus­try so as to with­stand dis­crim­i­na­tion from the US. Some West­ern tele­com op­er­a­tors con­cede that Huawei is “the only true 5G sup­plier right now,” and it is im­pos­si­ble to refuse to use Huawei’s equip­ment. Fur­ther boost­ing its tech­no­log­i­cal strength will con­sol­i­date such un­der­stand­ing around the world.

Mean­while, China needs to ease its geopo­lit­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal ten­sions with the US and the West through ex­pand­ing its open­ing-up to the world. It proves that eas­ing ten­sions be­tween China and the US and be­tween China and the West is also one of China’s core in­ter­ests.

China should spare no ef­fort in co­or­di­nat­ing its tra­di­tional na­tional in­ter­ests and re­la­tions with the West, which will help Chi­nese en­ter­prises stride to­ward the lead­ing po­si­tion in the world.

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