The Chinese telecom giant Huawei has always insisted it is its own corporate entity, operating outside the purview of China’s Communist government. In a recent CBS interview, the company’s CEO was asked if his company ever provided information to the Chinese government.
“It is not possible because across our entire organization, we’ve stressed once and again that we will never do that. If we did have that, with America’s advanced technology, they would [have] found that already. So that proves we do not have it,” Ren Zhengfei replied, using circular logic to make his point.
However, a new white paper provides key details about the links between Huawei and the Chinese government. Christopher Baldwin’s paper, “Huawei Technologies’ Links to Chinese State Security Services,” draws on resumes which were uploaded to publicly accessible databases, showing the links between the supposedly-independent telecom company and the Chinese military-industrial complex.
For instance, one employee, “served as a Ministry of State Security (MSS) representative working for Huawei. It appears from a close reading of his CV that he served as an MSS representative on a specific project or product development.”