The Strategist

Huawei expands in developing countries in defiance of US warnings

05/17/2021 - 04:04

From 2006 to date, Huawei has struck 70 deals in dozens of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to build cloud infrastructure and e-government systems. This is the data from a report by Washington-based think tank CSIS, as seen by the Financial Times.

Marco Verch
Marco Verch
CSIS says the data shows that, despite US attempts to dissuade governments from doing business with the Chinese company, Huawei is actively expanding in developing countries.

"Cloud infrastructure and e-government services deal with sensitive health data, citizens' taxes and legal documentation," the CSIS report said. "As Huawei is in a niche market as a service provider for governments and state-owned companies, it is strategically positioning itself to give Chinese authorities access to valuable information and possibly even an instrument of coercion.

The US blacklisted Huawei back in May 2019, alleging that the manufacturer's telecommunications equipment was being used to spy for Beijing. In July last year, the US Federal Communications Commission called Huawei a national security threat. And the Chinese manufacturer was banned from buying US designs and selling its designs to US companies.

Commenting on the current CSIS report, Huawei representatives said that the company, as a provider of cloud services and infrastructure, does not own or control any user data. "All user data is owned and fully controlled by our users," Huawei said.