Huawei Documents with US Companies
The fate of Huawei’s business with US companies is still unclear to this day. The Chinese manufacturer is still seen as threatening to USA’s national security and is put on a blacklist for trade affairs.
Recently, one of the latest information circulating has the potential to worsen US relations with Huawei. A document said that Huawei had secretly helped North Korea develop its cellular network.
What is the problem that Huawei Documents Divulges?
According to a document that is said to have been originated from the former Huawei employee, Huawei documents divulges that Huawei supplies various network equipment such as BTS, antennas and others to North Korea through Panda International, part of the Panda Group conglomerate from China.
Huawei’s equipment later became the asset of Koryolink, a cellular operator founded in 2008 by a joint venture between Korea Post and Telecommunications Corp, the North Korean government and Egyptian Orascom Telecom Holdings.
Before 2008, the North Korean government had difficulty finding a multinational company that wants to build a 3G network in its country. The problem was overcomed by the establishment of Koryolink.
The problem for Huawei is that the company has used US technology on its devices.
Huawei’s participation in the supply of Koryolink network equipment may violate the US ban on exporting equipment to North Korea, a country that still faces international sanctions related to nuclear programs and human rights violations.
If it really happened, Huawei’s involvement in building the North Korean cellular network could potentially deepen the suspicion of the US and its allied countries towards Huawei.
In the end, Huawei products can be blocked from 5G networks in the US and Europe because it is feared they can be used to spy on other countries by the Chinese government.
A Huawei representative named Joe Kelly said that it was “not running a business” in North Korea.
“Huawei fully complies with all applicable laws and regulations in our country and region of operations, including all export controls and legal sanctions regulations (at the UN, US and Europe),” Kelly said, as summarized by KompasTekno from the Washington Post, Tuesday (7/23). / 2019).
Nevertheless, Kelly did not specify whether Huawei had ever done business in North Korea, either directly or indirectly. He also did not deny or justify the contents of related documents. A spokesman for Panda Group declined to comment on this matter.