We all remember how the company Huawei was pecked in the US regarding its ties to the Chinese government. As a result, not only is it impossible to install Google services on smartphones Huawei and Honor, for the sake of which people will put their smartphones on Android, the company also suffered serious losses – both financial and reputational. Of course, such a large company as Huawei, which is so loved in China, will not cause fatal damage, but it will lose a lot of blood. At one time, they started talking about the fact that the sanctions would be lifted and Huawei would again be able to work with American companies, but these were rumors. In fact, we see that, on the contrary, they want to impose additional restrictions on it.
Sanctions are a delicate matter. I entered it once, I have to push it.
New sanctions for Huawei
According to The Hill, the new bill, dubbed the Law on Countering Chinese Tracking Efforts (roughly as its name is translated into Russian), may soon ban the use of devices Huawei (respectively, Honor also) and ZTE by US government officials. Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley will be presenting the bill. The bill prohibits government employees from doing business in the United States using technology from certain companies. This includes companies believed to be under the control of the Chinese Communist Party.
The decision as to whether a company falls into this category or not is up to the Department of State. The list will include companies that “spy for the Chinese Communist Party.” Senator Cruz continues to believe that such companies are “disguising themselves as telecommunications companies in the 21st century” in their espionage activities.
U.S. government claims against Huawei and ZTE
By and large, the law only applies to ZTE and Huawei. Given the history between the US government and these two Chinese companies, this is not surprising. ZTE, for example, was previously subject to a nationwide ban on transactions that went against US sanctions. This led to the production of this brand of phones on Android being very effectively killed until the ban was lifted in 2018.
Even before Huawei, ZTE was hit hard by the sanctions.
Meanwhile Huawei has been at the center of a number of controversies over the past few years. The charges ranged from government espionage – spurred by Chinese laws mandating companies to work with the government – to corporate espionage. This ultimately led to a ban on both federal use of the company's technology and the use of network equipment by companies in the United States.
Are Huawei US sanctions scary
The US has also placed Huawei on its blacklist of organizations. As a result, all American companies were also banned from working with Huawei. And the US also pressured its allies to follow suit.
Even partially under sanctions, Huawei was able to become the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer. The company also said that Huawei may survive even tougher US sanctions. Her business in the industry continues to grow despite sanctions and bans.
On the face of it, the Anti-Chinese Espionage Act appears to be reasonable in light of national security concerns. But isn't all this greatly exaggerated? Moreover, it will not work to kill the company. The maximum is possible to take away her devices from ordinary users who are hardly of interest to the Chinese government, even if there is indeed espionage. It is much easier to prohibit the use of these smartphones by government officials.
There were good smartphones, now they cannot be used because of some kind of mythical surveillance.
How the United States is fighting Chinese spies
As a result, the State Department will now need to create a list of CCP-backed companies that may pose a threat. Due to the nature of Chinese law, this list may in fact include any Chinese company the Department of State decides.
Another company on the list of senators to represent legislation is Tencent. According to Senator Hawley, Tencent is a “well-known spy organization” working for the Chinese Communist Party and posing a “threat to the United States” and its allies.
Tencent ranks among the world's largest mobile game companies, as well as leading social media, venture capital and investment positions. The new bill and statements indicate that bans could extend far beyond hardware and Chinese smartphones. They can also include mobile applications and games, among many other related or related technologies.
As a result, the United States gets a powerful tool to influence Chinese companies. But what will it be used for? To protect the rights of citizens or to protect national interests in the broadest sense?