American President Joe Biden’s administration is looking into Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei. This investigation stems from concerns that U.S. cell-towers with Huawei’s equipment could gather sensitive information from missile silos and military bases, which could be passed on to China.
Authorities are concerned that Huawei could use the equipment to obtain sensitive information about military exercises, the readiness status of personnel and bases. One source reported this concern, but he wished to remain anonymous because the investigation was confidential.
The Commerce Department launched the investigation shortly after Joe Biden was elected to office in April 2021. The agency subpoenaed Huawei in April 2021 to get more information about Huawei’s data transfer policies including location data and messages.
Commerce Department stated that it cannot “confirm or denial ongoing investigations” and added, “Protecting US citizens from malicious intelligence collection is vital to protecting our economy as well as national security.”
Huawei strongly denied US government claims that it could spy on US customers or pose a threat to national security.
The following statement was issued by the Chinese Embassy in Washington: “The US government is abusing national security and state powers to suppress Huawei and other Chinese telecoms companies without providing any credible evidence they pose a threat to the US or other countries.” “.
The Commerce Department could impose new, more severe sanctions on Huawei if it determines that Huawei is a threat to national safety. This regulator could ban all U.S. transactions with Huawei and require U.S. carriers who still rely upon its equipment to immediately remove it or face sanctions.