Written By: - Date published: 10:22 pm, December 8th, 2018 - 62 comments
Categories: australian politics, China, Free Trade, infrastructure, interweb, tech industry, telecommunications, us politics, winston peters - Tags:
I like my Huawei phone. Apparently the US National Security Agency can’t break its encryption. That’s presumably the “security” issue why Spark is being blocked from using Huawei here, and why Meng Wanzhou is held hostage in Canada at the behest of US neocons.
Ironic isn’t it. But also very dangerous. As Chinese technology races ahead, the US is desperate to support its companies like Cisco, whose technology everyone can break. Trade war can easily become hot war, as happened in the Pacific last century.
Winston Peters went to the to the US last week hoping to meet, Bolton, Pompeo and Pence. I doubt if he will be able to charm them the way he charmed Condoleeza Rice. What will be interesting will be if he is still insisting that no decisions have been made and we are following our independent processes to evaluate Huawei’s “risk” to Spark’s networks.
Even more ironic Papua New Guinea is standing out against Australian pressure to block them. The Five Eyes might block Huawei, but the rest of the world will be rushing to their door. Watch this space.