CIA says Huawei funded by China agencies

CIA says Huawei funded by China agencies

Troy Powers
April 23, 2019

The CIA has accused Huawei of funding from Chinese state security, The Times reported Saturday, adding to the list of security allegations dogging the embattled Chinese telecommunications giant. The other Five Eyes nations (Australia, Canada, and New Zealand) were also informed.

A source in the CIA has revealed to British media that the Chinese National Security Commission, the People's Liberation Army (PLA), and a third unnamed branch of Beijing's intelligence network are the primary financial backers of the powerful telecom company that hopes to develop 5G networks across the globe.

The company is still struggling from cybersecurity allegations made by the USA government which said Huawei's equipment contains backdoors that could lead to a national security risk.

These figures come at a sensitive time for Huawei, as the company faces United States allegations of being a platform for the Chinese government to spy on its western adversaries.

Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations and launched an unprecedented media blitz by opening up its campus to journalists and making its typically low-key founder, Ren Zhengfei, available for media interviews. The company said that 2019 will be a great year for 5G platform.

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The authorities in the U.S. are probing Huawei for alleged sanctions violations.

Another leader Chinese technology company, ZTE Corp., has also been at the center of similar controversies in the United States. Now, it seems that the current year is also going pretty good for the company.

The sanctions were lifted after ZTE paid US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) in penalties.

This proclaimed optimism comes in spite of repeated calls from the USA government for countries to boycott Huawei's telecommunications systems, specifically its 5G equipment, over allegations that the vendor had shared sensitive information with the Chinese government and provided access to private U.S. business communications.