A week after the end of the second moratorium on the US veto that led the founder of Huawei to declare that the company was facing a "life or death" moment, the Chinese tech giant pulls muscle. “We have managed to survive under the conditions of the entity list [the Washington blacklist] and we have joined in the face of external pressure,” he emphasizes in a meeting with Spanish media, including EL PAÍS, the president of public relations in Europe and vice president Senior of the company, Abraham Liu. “The power of the United States is based on its military capacity, the importance of its currency and its ability to collect digital data internationally. They probably fear that, with Huawei's growing presence, it may lose that power: including us on its blacklist is only the easiest way to save time. ” After two consecutive extensions of the ban on doing business with the Chinese firm, the Trump Administration must make a decision next Tuesday.
Can the de-escalation in cross tariffs between the US and China also unleash the tension between the US authorities and Huawei? The expectations in the Chinese firm are low: “Many people think that both issues have to do, but it is not so. Tariffs do not harm us: the only thing that impacts us is the inclusion in the blacklist. And I think that has no relation to the commercial war, ”says Liu. More concerned is, however, the alleged "paranoia in which it seems that everything that comes from China is not safe." And it makes a clear difference between American citizens and their Government, "which has made the discourse a normal one that is not normal, repeating opinions without evidence." The dart is reminiscent of another launched in May, a few days after the US country announced the veto and the executive accused the US authorities of "harassment" of the company he represents. "They have done," he emphasizes, "a misuse of the national security argument to [implement their policy of] America first and to whom they are doing the most damage is to their consumers and businesses."
The strategy and the message they want to convey from Huawei's headquarters – a company known under scrutiny around the world – are clear: with Brussels there is room for dialogue and agreement, quite the opposite with Washington. “If a friend tells me not to trust someone, of course I will listen to him. But what I will do is look for myself and have a judgment of my own. The US will continue to attack all those who work with us, but Europe has its own approaches and follows a collaborative work, based on facts and experts, doing the best for their interests, ”the executive slides.
Liu, based in Brussels, from where he commanded the relationship with the European Commission, goes back a decade ago to explain today's clash with Washington and the different country approaches. Then, the US government “warned the United Kingdom and Australia not to hire our services to deploy its telecommunications network. The second executed the US warning and the first adopted a different strategy. It is very important to review our commitments and it has been shown that there is no activity related to Governments. The facts are there: in the UK there are four operators and three of them have hired Huawei for their 5G. If in the past there had been some kind of wrongdoing in these 10 years, we would not have been able to succeed. ”
However, on the European continent Huawei is also encountering significant resistance to its expansion, especially in the deployment of 5G technology: Brussels has warned of the possibility that suppliers “from external countries” can compromise European security, some countries have aired his doubts and, as Ana Fuentes recently recalled in the pages of this newspaper, although “nobody has been able to prove that he is behind the industrial espionage attributed to him by the United States, in case of conflict, the company is due to the Communist Party: the Law of Chinese National Security 2015 obliges all citizens and businesses to cooperate with state agencies in matters of national security, without qualifying which ones. ”
Community institutions now have just over a month – until the end of the year – to make public a set of palliative measures to address risks and cybersecurity. The Chinese firm awaits news. "We don't know how it will be, but the technical part is objective and fact-based," Liu emphasizes. "We want to collaborate with them."