In this recent article at the New Yorker, Evan Osnos insinuates Chinese companies ultimately cannot be trusted because their relationship with the government cannot be known for certain. His entire article basically boils down to the following:
Part of the complexity about being a big Chinese company is that it’s not clear what information related to your relationship with the government counts as a secret.
I guess China could simply declare Apple has a secret spy chip implanted on behalf of the NSA in every iPhone. No evidence required. Therefore, Apple should be blocked in China and around the world. Imagine a Chinese journalist writes, “part of the complexity about Apple’s relationship with the NSA is you don’t know what counts as a secret.” The secret is so secretive, we can’t find anything! Hence it’s complex. What idiocy. Does that even make sense?
The truth is Cisco is becoming bloated and not so competitive anymore. The longer Huawei is artificially hindered in the U.S. market, the more certain it is that this American behemoth will not get enough pressure to become more nimble. If Osnos is smart, he should instead look at the corruption in Washington and Cisco’s lobbying. When a society protects its inefficient corporations, that’s never a good thing in the long run. China has already learned that lesson, and Deng Xiaoping’s Reform and Opening Up policy is precisely a response to that!
Of course, Google is joint at the hip with the CIA and NSA. Osnos is frankly not thinking clearly. To help American corporations abroad, you would think U.S. media want to not play the negative political ad game? Once other countries do, isn’t it American corporations market share to loose. Look at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, and so on’s footprint abroad.
If there is real evidence pointing to Huawei’s relationship with the Chinese government, then by all means, apply journalism. Report it and make noises. Smearing for the sake of smearing is not always helpful. What is that old English proverb which cautions people not to throw rocks when they live in a glass house?