"Huawei is a spy agency of the Chinese Communist Party": Specialist says Beijing's three "revenge hostages" for technology "princess" arrest prove that smartphone makers are part of China's plan to dominate the 21st century
- China expert Steven W. Mosher published a column on Saturday
- He argues that the Chinese technology company Huawei is part of the communist spy apparatus
- Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada earlier this month
- She faces US extradition on charges of bank fraud and violation of sanctions
- China retaliates furiously by arresting three Canadians on vague charges
Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com
Beijing's furious response to the arrest of a technology "princess" who is one of Huawei's top executives reveals that the company is an integral part of China's espionage apparatus, one expert argued.
Huawei is much more than an innocent smartphone maker. It is a spy agency for the Chinese Communist Party, "wrote Chinese expert Steven W. Mosher in a column on Saturday for the New York Post.
Mosher points out that since the arrest of the Huawei CFO in Meng Wanzhou on December 1, where he faces extradition to the United States for bank fraud and international violation charges, China has brought together at least three Canadian "vengeful hostages."
"Beijing suggests that the count of hostages can grow if Meng is not released and is quick," Mosher writes. "Even for an aggressive regime like that of China, this kind of action is almost unprecedented."
Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou leaves the registry after bail hearing in the British Columbia High Court in Vancouver, British Columbia on December 11
Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a state visit to Portugal earlier this month. Experts argue that the technology company's private & # 39; Huawei is actually an arm of China's spy gadget
Mosher, the author of Bully Asia: why China's dream is the new threat to world order, says the dramatic answer increases the evidence that Huawei, the world's second largest smartphone maker after Samsung, is not a simple private competitor to other technology companies around the world.
Huawei has been fed by the Communist Party and the Chinese Armed Forces, through low-interest loans and protected access to the domestic market, Mosher writes.
China has also repeatedly stated that all Chinese companies, private or otherwise, should help the government to gather information.
Under Chinese law, "all organizations and citizens … must support, assist and collaborate in the work of national intelligence and protect the secrets of national intelligence work of which they are aware."
All of this has led the US and its allies to view Huawei with extreme skepticism as the company tries to lead the way in launching 5G network technology around the world, potentially giving the Chinese government access and control over information networks.
Huawei has already been labeled a threat to national security by US officials, who have called for allies hosting US military bases to ban the use of Huawei products in its communications infrastructure.
"Huawei maintains the same relationship with the Chinese Communist Party as the German steelmaker Alfried Krupp did with the German National Socialists in the days leading up to World War II," Mosher writes.
German gun maker Krupp effectively became a wing of the Nazi party during the war, Mosher notes.
Adding to the drama of Meng's arrest is the fact that she is not simply an executive – she is the daughter of Huawei founder and chairman Ren Zhengfei, a former People's Liberation Army officer and an elite Communist Party.
Meng (above) is the daughter of the founder and president of Huawei
Meng was arrested in Vancouver for an American warrant charging her with a scheme to sell US equipment to Iran, violating the sanctions law, and falsifying bank records to cover up transactions.
Meng's lawyers argue that she has not broken any American or Canadian law, and is currently free in Canada on $ 10 million bail.
Since his arrest, China has arrested at least three Canadian citizens: former diplomat Michael Kovrig, consultant Michael Spavor and more recently Professor Sarah McIver.
Kovrig and Spavor were arrested on 10 December and charged with engaging in activities that "endanger China's national security."
McIver's detention was confirmed on Thursday, when Beijing confirmed that he had arrested the Alberta native for "illegally working" in the country.
Canadian officials said McIver's case seemed more routine and unrelated to previous prisons.
His wife's family friends said she had said she would be detained for 10 days and then returned to Canada.