If Washington wants to cool down relations with China, it should first stop attacking Huawei
Published: Feb 18, 2023 08:11 PM
Huawei Photo: VCG

Huawei Photo: VCG

After the dramatic reversal of the balloon incident, the Joe Biden administration tried to "cool down" the tension of China-US relationship. However, very recently, some US politicians and media outlets have once again begun to exaggerate the use of communication base stations equipped by Huawei near the ongoing Munich Security Conference (MSC), claiming that it has brought serious security risks.

Politico said that Huawei kit is set up around the conference venue, highlighting a sore point in Germany's security ties with the US and allies. CNN also stated that while people are focusing on China's spy balloon, the threat to the US and allies from the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei should not be ignored.

The intention of the US is very obvious. In addition to strategically blocking China's high-tech development, it is also trying to completely ban Chinese high-tech products in the European market and replace them with American products. If such a strategic, selfish behavior is realized, the result may be Europe's loss, with the Europe-China economic relationship significantly weakened, and the US ultimately greatly benefiting.

Although the US continues to exert pressure on its European allies, asking them not to use Huawei technology in the construction of their 5G networks, the reality is that business leaders and decision-makers in European countries have not blindly followed the US. Many European countries still use Chinese equipment. Germany is increasingly relying on Huawei for 5G.

A recent study conducted by telecom consulting company Strand Consult on Huawei's market share in Europe estimates that Germany relies on Chinese technology for 59 percent of its 5G networks. Large European countries, including Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Austria, and Spain, continue to buy significant amounts of Chinese 5G kit.

In fact, it is difficult for Europe to give up cooperation with Huawei, not only because of its practical economic needs, but also because long-term use of Huawei products has generated trust, which Washington cannot destroy no matter how hard it hypes. This time, Huawei equipment is used near the MSC venue, which fully demonstrates that Huawei 5G equipment does not pose security threats. The US' suppression and containment of Chinese technology has so far been unsuccessful.

Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of the China Foreign Affairs University, told the Global Times that what the US is doing to Huawei now is very similar to what it did to the Nord Stream pipelines. By destroying the Nord Stream pipelines, the US cut off the economic and geopolitical link between Russia and Europe, driving out Russian energy from the European market, and allowing American energy to replace it. Washington is now seeking to do the same for China in general and Huawei in particular.

Ironically, some US telecom networks continue to use Huawei equipment and benefit from Huawei's low prices and high-quality products. However, Washington is now asking its European allies to cut their ties with Huawei, once again presenting a typical and hypocritical double standard.

"Some US media and politicians have spared no effort to suppress and discredit China. 'Their mentality is clear ̶ , they do not want a real "cool down" between China and the US. Instead, they expect to see China-US relations dragged down," Li said.

For some American elites, the mere mention of China seems to touch a nerve and even trigger anxiety and unease. They are anxious all day long about China's booming development momentum as well as the influence of its system and ideology. They cannot realize that the crux of the anxiety lies in the US itself, not China. If the US elites continue to hype the "China threat," the damage will be all-around.

This will make it more challenging to make any improvements to the US government's China policy. What's more, if the US policy toward China blindly seeks conflict and confrontation, the result will be a serious setback in China-US relations, increasingly acute regional and global security issues, and more difficult or even impossible cooperation on climate change and infectious diseases, which are common challenges mankind has to face. This damages not only the well-being of the US itself, but also the interests of the whole world.

The final result of the dangerous operation of sacrificing interests of its own people and even the entire world in pursuit of the hegemonic position or the self-interest of a specific interest group will be displayed in a very destructive way. Washington's irresponsible moves must be stopped through the force of combined global sentiment.