How they see it

Huawei and the US Congress

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 October, 2012, 2:32am

1. Global Times

The US has repeatedly obstructed Chinese companies from entering into US domestic competition under the pretext of "national security". The US is gradually becoming reduced to an unreasonable country. Its lack of self-confidence is astonishing. Out of fear, the US is becoming oversensitive to China and even suspects equipment makers such as Huawei and ZTE. If China held the same state of mind as the US, it would search for substitutes to drive US products out of China … US and European countries must be told clearly that if Chinese companies encounter harassment, they should expect firms from these countries to meet the same treatment in China. … Protesting alone will be of no avail. (Beijing)


2. Christian Science Monitor

China's rise as a global competitor with America has pushed Mitt Romney and President Obama to compete over which one will be tougher on the Asian giant. Adding to the fireworks is a House Intelligence Committee report that finds Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE pose a security threat … and should be barred from buying American companies. … China's rise is now "the fundamental problem of American foreign policy", former Nixon security adviser Henry Kissinger said last week. Or as former US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman put it, US-China ties are "probably the most complicated relationship in the world." … They have gained far more from co-operating than clashing. (Boston)


3. The Economist

Even though many foreigners still cannot pronounce its name, Huawei is becoming a powerful global player. … But Huawei inspires fear too - and not just among its competitors. It is said to be too close for comfort to the PLA. Westerners … see it as a potent weapon in China's burgeoning cyber-arsenal … But banning Huawei from bidding for commercial contracts is wrongheaded, for two reasons. One is that the economic benefit of competition from China and Huawei is huge. … The other is the dirty little secret that its foreign rivals strangely neglect to mention: just about everybody makes telecoms equipment in China these days. … Huawei can also help allay foreigners' fears. (London)