Huawei: Using cyber security as excuse on ban instills ‘false sense of security’
MANILA, Philippines — Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei said Friday using cyber security as an “excuse” to blacklist the company would have no effect on global safety and would instead instill a “false sense of security.”
“We believe that US politicians are using cyber security as an excuse to gain public support for actions that are designed to achieve other goals,” Huawei Philippines’ Public Affairs and Communications Department Head Karenina Buenafe said in a forum, quoting Huawei chief legal officer Song Liuping.
“These actions will do nothing to make networks more secure. They provide a false sense of security, and distract attention from the real challenges we face,” she added.
Huawei has been under increasing pressure after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration discouraged U.S. allies from using equipment supplied by the Shenzen-based company.
“The fact is, the US government has provided no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat. There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation,” she said.
Meanwhile, Huawei has already filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. government’s ban on the purchase of its equipment.
But the U.S. government earlier took its campaign against Huawei a step further and placed it on a trade blacklist, known as the Entity List. (Editor: Mike U. Frialde)