Poland be­com­ing a US ac­com­plice

Global Times - - EDITORIAL -

After an em­ployee of Huawei was ar­rested on al­leged spy­ing charges, Joachim Brudzin­ski, Poland’s in­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter, called for the Euro­pean Union and NATO to work on a joint po­si­tion over whether to ex­clude Huawei from their mar­kets. When a spokesman for Poland’s se­cret ser­vices chief tweeted the ar­rest on Fri­day, he used @ to at­tract the at­ten­tion of the US Depart­ment of State, FBI, CIA and NATO.

War­saw’s moves con­firm the sus­pi­cion that the high-pro­file ar­rest has the po­lit­i­cal pur­pose of ca­ter­ing to the US ac­tions against Huawei.

Very few pub­lic es­pi­onage dis­putes have oc­curred be­tween China and East Europe. War­saw claims that the al­le­ga­tion was di­rected at per­sonal be­hav­ior in­stead of the com­pany, but how it han­dled the is­sue has al­ready dam­aged Huawei’s rep­u­ta­tion. Al­though clearly aware of the af­fair’s spe­cial res­o­nance, War­saw is wooing Wash­ing­ton while play­ing tricks on Bei­jing.

Poland fears China’s re­tal­i­a­tion, so it is call­ing for a joint po­si­tion with the EU and NATO so as to share the pres­sure. Mean­while such a call helps the US ex­pand sup­pres­sion of Huawei into the EU and NATO.

Huawei’s equip­ment is widely ap­plied in Europe’s 4G net­works and no ev­i­dence proves that Huawei’s equip­ment has dam­aged Euro­pean net­work se­cu­rity. Europe’s 4G net­work is in­de­pen­dent and free, but will the con­ti­nent obey Wash­ing­ton’s com­mand in the com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­dus­try start­ing from 5G? War­saw is guid­ing Europe in the wrong di­rec­tion.

As a mid­dle-class coun­try in Europe with lim­ited in­flu­ence and his­tor­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences of be­ing in­vaded, Poland still wor­ries that Rus­sia’s threat has not been truly elim­i­nated. Poland ranks a max­i­mum se­cu­rity guar­an­tee from the US at very top of its se­cu­rity agenda and is en­deav­or­ing to re­al­ize a US mil­i­tary pres­ence in the coun­try.

How­ever, War­saw’s anx­i­ety is not uni­ver­sal in Europe, es­pe­cially Western Europe. Most Euro­pean coun­tries are not as proac­tive as Poland in pick­ing a side be­tween China and the US and vol­un­tar­ily help­ing Wash­ing­ton to ex­clude Huawei. Some Euro­pean coun­tries are keep­ing Huawei at a dis­tance out of se­cu­rity con­cerns for Huawei’s equip­ment or US co­er­cion.

Huawei is China’s best pri­vate high­tech en­ter­prise and its suf­fer­ing is sym­bolic. The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment must help the com­pany de­fend its le­git­i­mate rights and in­ter­ests. Oth­er­wise, if Huawei suf­fers a se­vere blow, it will jeop­ar­dize the con­fi­dence of all of Chi­nese so­ci­ety and the out­side world would con­sider it doable to bully Chi­nese en­ter­prises.

The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s de­fense of Huawei’s over­seas rights and in­ter­ests has been taken as ev­i­dence that the com­pany is close to the gov­ern­ment. A few Chi­nese have clam­ored that the gov­ern­ment does not have suf­fi­cient rea­son to use na­tional re­sources to set­tle a pri­vate com­pany’s over­seas dis­putes. The gov­ern­ment must turn its back on such voices. Pro­tect­ing a na­tive com­pany, be it State-owned or pri­vate, is the gov­ern­ment’s re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Bei­jing should res­o­lutely ne­go­ti­ate with War­saw and con­duct rel­a­tive counter-mea­sures, help­ing the world un­der­stand that Poland is an ac­com­plice of the US.

China must not be soft at this point. Bei­jing will not bully War­saw – and it is un­wor­thy to do so – but the lat­ter must pay for the of­fense.

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