Huawei - Taking a Fall, Hoping for a Call
Pardon the soccer reference. But to my mind, that is the Huawei move. But Huawei has the support of the fans, at least in China, and they are vocal.
Don Clarke, professor of law at George Washington University, has penned this response to the declaration of the Zhong Lun law firm in Beijing, in support of Huawei as an innocent private company caught in a nasty trade spat. According to the declaration, no company in China is ever required to comply with demands from the central government to install spyware or backdoors in any communication equipment. Clarke points out that this is misleading and inaccurate. Chinese law says nothing about what provincial and local governments might demand from a company, and in any case, law is not a constraint.
“There’s a whole variety of pressures that the government can bring to bear on a company or individual, and they are not at all limited to criminal prosecution Clarke says. “China is a Leninist state that does not recognize any limits to government power.”