Mike Pompeo

Why is the U.S. waging war on China's Huawei?

Why is the U.S. waging war on China's Huawei?

It is unusual for a country to wage war on a company, which makes the ongoing United States-Huawei dispute so strange and disconcerting. The Trump administration has prohibited U.S. firms from doing business with the Chinese tech behemoth and is trying to convince other countries to ban Huawei equipment from their 5G networks. Huawei is not being accused of having done anything illegal; the case is based on actions the company might take.

The public arguments – for example, those from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – are that having Huawei equipment in the networks puts “American information that crosses the networks at risk.” Since the Chinese government has an...

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