The U.S. government has initiated a new investigation into the Chinese telecommunications manufacturer Huawei. It is due to fears that Huawei's equipment at cell towers in the U.S. could spy for the Chinese government by collecting confidential information from military bases and missile mines, as reported by Reuters.
The U.S. authorities believe that Huawei can access classified data on military exercises, as well as on the state of readiness of the bases and their personnel with this equipment, as reported by one of the sources of the publication, who wanted to maintain anonymity, since the investigation is confidential and related to national security.
The investigation was initiated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as early as April 2021, and shortly thereafter Huawei was called to court to explain in more detail the company's data transfer policy, including text messages and geolocation data, and the Chinese company was asked to provide a complete catalogue of equipment that could have been sold to any United States telecommunications company.
At the Ministry, Reuters responded that they could not, adding that .
Huawei categorically rejects the US government's accusations that it can spy on American clients and pose a threat to national security.
If the U.S. Department of Commerce decides that Huawei poses a threat to national security, the company may be subject to new, even more severe sanctions; the regulator may ban any transactions with U.S. companies, as well as demand that United States telecommunications operators who still use Chinese company equipment quickly replace it; otherwise, they may face fines or other consequences.