The media cycle is amazing at distracting all of us from what really matters. What have you read most about this week? Is it Tucker Carlson and comments he made over a decade ago? Is it a college scam that put a bunch of celebrities in hot water? It probably wasn’t the impending FTC decision that will determine which company is the de-facto provider of 5G to all of North America.
This is a huge deal. The stakes of upgrading wireless infrastructure should be enough to make anyone stop and pay attention, but that’s not the big story here. The truth is that a Chinese company is on the verge of acquiring near exclusive access to building our wireless communications grid, and when you see which company that is, you’ll understand why we’re on the brink.
There are a number of ways China threatens the free world, but the biggest danger surprisingly comes from one of their top tech firms. Surely, you’ve seen Huawei in the news lately. Before we get into that, it’s important to understand Huawei’s standing. They’re one of the largest tech companies in the world. They are the second biggest manufacturer of smartphones (behind Samsung and ahead of Apple).
More importantly, they’re a world leader in developing 5G technology. As you might imagine, a lot of people are vying to be the first in mass distributing 5G.
The only recent news on Huawei has been centered around the arrest of one of their chief financial officers. This arrest came because the United States has indicted Huawei leadership and the entire company for violating sanctions against Iran. That’s pretty bad, but it’s nowhere near the worst they’ve done.
Huawei has a long history of stealing data from companies and governments. They were involved in a years-long data theft operation against the African Union. They’re in a legal battle for stealing patents and information from T-Mobile. In fact, if you browse through major tech companies, almost all of them have problems with Huawei.
Do you remember the story recently about motherboards with data-stealing chips in them? That was Huawei too.
Unfortunately, we still haven’t made it to the worst of this evil company. That comes from their ties to the communist Chinese government. You see, China passed a law that obligates any company headquartered there to share all data they obtain with the government.
For years now, Huawei has served as the corporate arm of the Chinese dictatorship. Every one of their scandals ties right back to President Xi Jinping, and that’s the crux of the whole problem. It’s bad enough when tech companies steal information and abuse their power. It’s far worse when they do it as a wing of an evil dictatorship.
The culmination of these problems is why Australia, the UK and a number of other western countries are outright banning Huawei from operating within their borders. Unfortunately, the U.S. is currently doing the opposite.
President Trump has been doing a great job of combatting China’s slew of international crimes, but it’s an uphill battle. In 2015, the FTC started making moves to pave the way for Huawei to be the premier 5G provider in the U.S.
As you might have guessed, this was done by Obama stooges. Now, two of the four deciding board members are still Obama implants. They want very much for Huawei to edge out American competitors and supply all of our wireless communications infrastructure for the next decade.
They’re doing this by embroiling Qualcomm, the top American 5G developer, with a slew of legal entanglements. If they continue down this path, China will have direct access to all personal data of every American.
Arguably worse, they’ll be running the wireless infrastructure used by our own government. State secrets, corporate secrets, patents and new technology and anything else worth stealing will be in the hands of the Chinese, and we’ll be powerless to stop them.
This is an extreme situation. If we want America to continue to be the best country on Earth, we can’t cede control of our communications and personal data to the Chinese. That’s a one-way road.
The only way forward is to fully support President Trump in his belief that Huawei must be blocked. If he knows the country is behind him, he can get rid of the Obama holdouts and chair the FTC with real Americans who will put our best interests in play. Otherwise, we’re gambling with the fate of our country.