Every morning, Nicolas Barré takes stock of a current economic issue.
Should we ban Huawei, a Chinese manufacturer of smartphones and telecommunications equipment? The United States is pushing for this and France is thinking.
For one simple reason: Huawei is suspected of espionage on behalf of the Chinese authorities. And what worries Western countries with the arrival of the 5G is that Huawei seizes the opportunity to infiltrate the heart of communication networks. The United States and Australia have banned Huawei from building 5G networks. And Washington is now trying to convince its allies: Germany, Japan, etc. do the same. France is also suspicious of the Chinese: Huawei has been removed from 4G in Ile de France, where the powerhouses and headquarters of the most sensitive companies are. With the switch to 5G, the suspicion is even greater, although it has not been proved – perhaps not yet – that Huawei has installed spy components in its equipment.
Should we also be cautious with your smartphone?
Yes and all applications installed on it. For example, if you use the Chinese WeChat application, know that it can copy all your data, your contacts, your photos, your messages to your servers hosted in China and always know where you are. You're going to tell me it's the same with American apps. Yes, except that WeChat, as a Chinese company, must keep all these data at the disposal of the Chinese authorities: it is written in black and white under the conditions of service. They have no choice. In short, we are already being permanently spied on, and in this case, we are being seen for the benefit of a police state. Hence the alarm from the US authorities: what worries Huawei or ZTE, the other major Chinese supplier of telecommunications equipment, is that espionage capabilities infiltrate the heart of networks. If Americans, who are not the last to spy in this way, care about it, it's because the threat is real.