UK's Huawei Security Concerns Are "Pride and Prejudice," Says China

By Holly Brockwell on at

The ongoing spat between the UK government and Huawei has taken an unexpectedly literary turn with the news that Chinese Ministry of National Defence spokesperson Wu Qian has accused our defence industry of "deep-rooted pride and prejudice."

It's a result of repeated comments about the national security implications of using Huawei's tech in the infrastructure for things like 5G. It's not just the UK, either: the terrifyingly-named Five Eyes came to the same conclusion, and of course the US's beef with Huawei and ZTE is well documented.

In addition to Wu Qian's press conference, reported in the Global Times, Huawei chairman Guo Ping has complained that the company has received "incredibly unfair treatment" in countries like the UK.

While the security concerns have led to things like BT pulling Huawei's kit from EE's 4G network, it doesn't seem to have had much of an impact on consumer purchases, with the company recently announcing 200m phone sales in 2018, second only to Samsung. Still, that's only one part of the tech company's global market, and a boycott of Huawei kit in future large-scale projects in countries like the UK could hit its bottom line hard.

Huawei, of course, says it has no intention of using its equipment to spy on anyone, and invited the media to 5G and cybersecurity labs in China to see for itself. Guo Ping also compared a 5G network without Huawei to an NBA game with no star players: "the game will go on, but with less deftness, flair, and expertise," he said in a New Year's post shared in English on Huawei's website.

The post reads like an inspirational desk calendar in places:

"Always remember that the journey is hard, but joyful. Fire is the test of gold. Hardship and pressure will only make us more united and stronger. I have no doubt that we will achieve what we've set out to do: to bring digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world.

A thousand ships sailed past the shipwreck; our day to brave the winds and waves will come. No hardships or difficulties can stop us sailing forward."

Sadly, there were no further references to Jane Austen's books or indeed any other literary works. We were looking forward to 'Over-the-Eyre' software updates and 'Much Ado About Notches.'

However, the Global News did make an attempt to reference something British in an analysis of Huawei's situation, advising the company to "Calm down and carry on." Eh, close enough.