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Huawei, already Targeted by the US, Faces a Ban in Taiwan

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Chinese telecom giant Huawei has plenty of legal issues in North America. CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada in December on suspicion of violating US sanctions against Iran. The US government separately restricts use of Huawei gear for security reasons, and it reportedly has asked other countries to avoid it too.

This week Taiwan added to the protest. The government-supported Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said in a Chinese-language statement January 15 it would block the Chinese firm’s smartphones and computers from accessing its internal network. ITRI became the first semi-official organisation to answer the US call.

Taiwan and China have a strained relationship already. China sees Taiwan as part of its territory, despite Taiwanese self-rule of some 70 years. Now, according to a local media report, some in Taiwan ask whether the government should ban IT gear not only from Huawei. It could also block also gear from China-based smartphone developers Oppo, Xiaomi, VIVO, and ZTE.

Taiwanese officials have offered no evidence to date of Huawei infringing on the government’s security.

Australia and New Zealand have also barred Huawei equipment from being used in their 5G mobile networks.

Huawei is trying to minimize damage in some spots. It fired an employee in Poland after the person was arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying. Huawei also has issued a statement saying the Poland-based worker’s activity “had no relation with the company.”

Feliciana Hsu
English journalist and PR for Global Affairs

Feliciana gained her MSc of Media Power and Public Affairs from Royal Holloway, University of London.

After graduating from London, she started her career of being journalist at Business Next Media and Meet Startup @TW Website, and specializes in interviewing about innovation and technology.

Within her career, she has interviewed various experts in their field, including Mr.Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; Fleur Pellerin, former French Minister of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Sir Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic in 2010.