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Is Huawei ‘Gifting’ PPE In Exchange for 5G Contracts?

Huawei has gifted “millions of protective masks and gloves to Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland, Greece and Switzerland,”as Reuters reported.

But there’s more to this generosity than meets the eye, as asserted by Congressman Mark Green (R-TN), who told Fox News this week: “In France, we were told yesterday on a conference call that [French President Emanuel] Macron was talking to [Chinese President] Xi and Macron asked for a billion masks, and Xi said, ‘We’ll give them to you if you implement 5G with Huawei.’ That’s who China is and it’s time the world wake up and recognize it.”

To skeptics, Huawei’s efforts illustrate an attempt to secure lucrative 5G contracts amidst new January EU guidelines – which block Huawei from developing critical infrastructure networks. In response to the accusations, Huawei spokesman Joe Kelly said, “a small minority may have misunderstood our motives, which are simply to help people when and where we can.”

Quick to defend Huawei’s generosity, the European Union’s Industry Chief, Thierry Breton, condemned public accusations of any supposed ulterior motive replying: “Now the epicenter of the pandemic is in Europe… of course we welcome the fact that the Chinese government is saying ‘how can we return the help.’”

It now appears Breton spoke too soon.

Huawei is a telecommunications equipment giant and the world’s second-largest smartphone supplier behind Samsung.

Founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, Huawei today employs nearly 200,000 people across the globe. Mr. Ren Zhengfei himself belongs to China’s Communist Party and served as a military officer in the People’s Liberation Army for nine years.

According to Huawei, “When Ren Zhengfei was a young man, you needed to be a Communist Party member to have any position of responsibility.”

Therein lies the problem. To be a successful businessman in China, you have to toe the party line.

Huawei at Mobile World Congress 2015 Barcelona

Reviews conducted by the Wall Street Journal corroborate the speculated Huawei-Beijing alliance.

Starting out as an unknown phone switch vendor, Huawei has metamorphosized into the world’s largest telecommunications equipment company in the blink of an eye.

Facilitated by grants, credit facilities, tax breaks, and other forms of financial assistance, Huawei’s rise stemmed from generous government backing. Analysts report that Huawei’s charitable financing terms “undercut rivals’ prices by some 30%”

Huawei’s allegiance to Beijing is particularly alarming considering the Chinese Communist Party’s egregious human rights record.

In the Xinjiang province, China’s imprisons much of its minority Muslim population.

According to The Hill, “within Xinjiang, Chinese authorities have built a system of unmatched surveillance and social control facilitated by facial recognition scans, voice biometric data, DNA collection, and artificial intelligence for racial profiling.”

Recently, reports have surfaced tying Huawei to the CCP’s repression efforts.

According to United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Huawei poses “massive security and privacy risks.”

Fearful of Huawei’s desire to dominate the global 5G network and thus infiltrate our allies’ countries, Pompeo warns: “With 5G capabilities, the CCP could use Huawei to steal private or proprietary information or use kill switches to disrupt critical future applications like electrical grids and telesurgery centers.”

Attorney General William Barr also sounded the Huawei alarm during a speech he gave at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in February stating: “Much of the discussion on the dangers of allowing China to establish dominance in 5G has been focused on the immediate security concern of using communications networks that China can monitor and surveil. That is, in fact, a monumental danger.”

Lauded as the future of wireless network technology, experts believe 5G will radically revolutionize the way people live and work.

Rolled out in 2018 and still relatively new, 5G already shows incredible promise.

Able to accommodate a large number of connected devices at once and 10 times faster than 4G LTE, technology specialists predict that 5G will usher in a wave of new, cutting-edge technology. Some even believe 5G could eventually become 100 times faster than 4G – in other words, “fast enough to download a two-hour movie in fewer than 10 seconds, versus around 7 minutes with 4G.”

U.S. intelligence officials believe the increasing prevalence of 5G will only accelerate Huawei’s ability to covertly access mobile-phone networks around the world as well as bolster the CCP’s affinity for intellectual property theft.

The Chinese Communist Party hid the novel coronavirus from the world and should suffer the consequences, not use Huawei to gain from it.

Will members of the mainstream media give as much credence to China’s quid pro quo as they did Trumps alleged?

Don’t hold your breath.

Kingsley Cortes

Kingsley Cortes is a 2020 Writing Fellow for the National Pulse