How much of a threat is the telecommunications giant to Taipei?
The National Interest
Date: December 7, 2018
By: Wendell Minnick
Taiwan’s national security concerns do not appear to match that of its lone bodyguard, the United States , after it was discovered that Huawei Technologies has opened its first official storefront on the self-ruled island of twenty-three million.
Based in Shenzhen, China, Huawei hung its first shingle in Taipei in April and the company’s public relations effort is now in full Polar Express-mode at the Christmas extravaganza at Banqiao Station. Huawei-themed decorations dominated the show, including a children’s choo-choo train ride and a massive Santa with the company’s logo on it. My own children were giddy.
The telecommunications giant has close ties with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Ministry of State Security. The state-owned China Mobile Communications Group is Huawei’s largest shareholder, basically making Huawei an appendage of Beijing’s techno-Orwellian order. China is now constructing a massive surveillance state with a social credit system based on your attitudes and opinions of the Communist Party. Score too low and your kids do not get into university. [FULL STORY]