Why The US Thinks Huawei Is A National Security Threat

Huawei has been under scrutiny since at least 2011 for its allegedly close ties to the Chinese government. Some US lawmakers and intelligence officials think that Huawei’s hardware could also provide a backdoor for China’s massive and sophisticated state surveillance apparatus.

Huawei is a major global technology company, but it isn’t as well known in the U.S. since most of its products aren’t sold there. Here’s a quick briefing on what you need to know.

Shenzhen-based Huawei (pronounced: wah-way) is the world’s second largest seller of phones behind Samsung, according to IDC. It’s best known for making high-end phones with appealing designs and premium hardware features that rival devices from Samsung and Apple.

While global consumers — especially those in China — may know the brand best for its consumer electronics, which also include laptops, tablets and TVs, Huawei’s history is in providing telecommunications equipment. Put simply, Huawei also sells some of the hardware that lets your phone connect to wireless networks.

It used to sell gear to U.S. wireless carriers, too, but that ended more than a decade ago. More on that next.

Back in 2012, U.S. lawmakers began to work to prevent American wireless carriers from buying equipment from Huawei and ZTE, another Chinese company. The U.S. government was concerned about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government and worried that equipment from both companies could eventually be a national security threat if it was deployed across the United States.

Those ties to the Chinese military begin with the CEO. Huawei’s founder, billionaire Ren Zhengfei, was an engineer in China’s People’s Liberation Army before he left the service in 1983 and started Huawei four years later. Huawei has always denied its equipment is any more vulnerable to spying than that provided by other companies.

Most recently, AT&T abandoned its plans to launch a Huawei flagship smartphone in the U.S. in January. The Information news site reported at the time that AT&T canceled the launch after the House and Senate Intelligence committees raised concerns over the partnership.
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Why The US Thinks Huawei Is A National Security Threat


  1. Haoran Yang on August 30, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    The US needs to spy on people’s phone in order to prevent terrorist attacks. To do that, US needs cooperation of equipment supplies (like Huawei) and service providers (like Vodafone). So if Huawei is not cooperating with the US government, then the ability of US to spy on people and to prevent terrorist attacks will be seriously undermined. That’s the real national security problems.

  2. Alvin Sy on August 30, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    FYI, all US companies have big ties to US government. Because they all donate political party funding (Bribery) to politicians for them to run for elections. so……. US companies should be banned everywhere ??

  3. Jason Swanson on August 30, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I mean…if you think about it…..the best way to spy on everyone ever wouldnt be to sneakily sneakish put spy stuffs in every house because ppl leave the house. What if you said myahhhh and twirled your moustache and said myahhhh seeeee ive got the fancy gizmotron that youd be a *fool* to not own …..and then make fun of the guy with the old gizmotron 1s…..and then before you know it hoardes of people are bludgeoning eachother for the gizmotron 12x…..and then china is like
    And then the u.s is like
    Ohhhhhhhh no no no no no
    *only WE sell gizmotrons in the proud u.s of a* it is YOU that want to sneakily sneak and do the bads.

    I mean….jus sayin’

  4. Benjamin Boateng on August 30, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    How I wish the whole world would stop any business with the USA… The whole world would see that USA is then nothing lolx

  5. RomanceR on August 30, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    This just in

    UK cyber security division issued a report to parliament and UK has issued a complete ban of Huawei 5G equipment.

  6. Eric Blade on August 30, 2020 at 3:15 pm


  7. Shailesh Shrestha on August 30, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    America & "5Eyes" countries: Only we could spy on foreign countries n ppl in the name of freedom n human rights
    China: hold my beer

  8. Warsun on August 30, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    I like at the end of the video it says Alleged. No. they are spies.

  9. D Kenneth on August 30, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Buying made in China products is like thanking china for spreading wuhan viruses

  10. Adiwira Tiang Negara on August 30, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    5 eyes Anglo-American imperialistic agenda

  11. Gary Holden on August 30, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    So trump blackmails, threatens other allies against using Huawei in any way, shape or form, then backstabs all of it’s allies by permitting US companies to do business with Huawei. China is definitely a problem, but so is the US.

  12. FitzDog146 _ on August 30, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    We livin in a world that you cant trust

    *Lets move to moon where we can see earth explode*

  13. kf8yri 7486gihvih on August 30, 2020 at 3:22 pm


  14. RamSLade On Blitz on August 30, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    When they say Huawei is a threat that they can steal information from U.S officials by hacking other devices but the U.S forces companies to spy on innocent people’s accounts… brilliant.

    They have NO TRUE EVIDENCE that Huawei is a global security threat, they’re just scared because China makes better technology than they do, and they’re frightened of China because they’re Communists.

    Why go after Huawei when most of our tech are made in China? This is stupidity at its limits. Why are we suing Huawei just because they’re better than most?

  15. David A on August 30, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Yes both governments like to spy, but when China wins the overall game, the world will suffer under a cruel and abusive yoke of communism. When the US wins, all people are more free to do what they want, work hard and productively, or sit around eating burgers, without having their organs harvested.

  16. Waverton on August 30, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    We don’t think we KNOW ITS A SECURITY RISK

  17. David A on August 30, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    All arrogant commentators below, DO YOU Care to eat your overcooked crow? Denying allegations, like Covid19 knowledge, and all the rest seems to be a common theme.

  18. Joshua Tsinnijinnie on August 30, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    I still see Chinese tourists using these phones here in the states. Is it completely banned?

  19. TheWonderlandcanada on August 30, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Is that how Nortel went belly up? Many of my friends lost jobs when Nortel went down…I am happy Huawei is out. Don’t want a Trojan horse planted in our communities.

  20. TechPimp on August 30, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Really then where’s the proof?

  21. Shivansh Raj Srivastava on August 30, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    How Huawei got to 1st rank bcz of US Ban (blessing in disguise)..


  22. LeoSpearz Vlogz on August 30, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    U.S just afraid that huawei will go big due to there newest Kirin chip and they made a mistake bcuz huawei created a better 5g and Operator system

  23. akeshi Onimuza on August 30, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    If u use iphone apple phone and pc , USA also can steal your data .

  24. Shailesh Shrestha on August 30, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Huawei is a threat to democracy n human rights in the world peace

  25. phewyl on August 30, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    The US was caught pants down tapping into the phones of the German and France leaders while the Australian was in the same embarrassing situation spying on Indonesian President. Just what’s wrong with these people. Don’t they have any integrity? Dont they feel ashamed?

  26. Auther Fleck on August 30, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Nope , don’t trust Huawei.

    China have used all their credits in trust.
    Besides what’s wrong with other software?

    the plan is to let British people use it first, during this time China won’t make a move.

    After they gain the trust from people other country will start using it, and then when the time comes China will strike.
    Of course if china went for democracy and transparent things could change.

    You make this move right now you suffer the same consequences as COVID-19.
    Except the damage could be your technology.

    Isn’t One of the biggest problem of COVID-19 is because you put all your factories in China? Now people can’t even get a mask.

    People are stupid and cheap in Europe.
    Unless they also hate United States

  27. shiv on August 30, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    One things for sure though I admire Huawei and it’s technics superior I really don’t and will never question American intelligence

  28. Allen Yeong on August 30, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    When vital parts are from America, how can Huawei be a security threat to USA, it is only in the clown’s mind, just like the requirement of a wall at the southern border, how could a caravan of women with children in their arms a threat and a declaration of an emergency and conn the supreme court to approve the use of arm forces budget, now he is trying to deceive Americans and its allies that Huawei is a threat, he has no shame, period

  29. smooth collision on August 30, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    ……why don’t they fight so hard for the companies inside the US doing the same thing?

  30. Nikki Plays on August 30, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    I have a huawei and i love it

  31. Richard Young on August 30, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Huawei 5G the one & only the best in the world. made in China designed in China, the rest is bs

  32. The_Merciful Underdog on August 30, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Soooooooooooooo. The Communist ???

  33. Theodore Roosevelt on August 30, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Don’t dive into the comments it’s full of angry Chinese praising Huawei, I warned you

  34. Daniel Gospodinov on August 30, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    China will suffer :-))) ban ban ban

  35. Tycoon Tchung on August 30, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    aybe the condoms made in China will also threaten America’s National Security! IS THE USA SO FRAGILE?

  36. jhuang0163 on August 30, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Arrest all CCP members in the USA, and deport them back to China.

  37. steady on August 30, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    ‘That don’t share our values’ And what values may those be? AAaaa CORPORATE! cabal-club?

  38. the O.D.S.T spartan on August 30, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    China banned Google why can’t we ban Huawei

  39. Mihai Podaru on August 30, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    To stop China’s world domination, Huawei has to die

    "U.S. President Donald Trump has tightened the thumbscrews by extending and strengthen Huawei’s trade ban. The company itself now indicates that it is going to get into trouble, it needs a solution. The chance that China will allow one of its largest companies to collapse because of Trump’s policies seems out of the question. We have to wait and see what China is going to do; import duties, trade bans and even military intervention are not excluded by some analysts.

    Trump recently extended the trade ban for U.S. companies with Huawei by one year. Trump has now also ensured that chip manufacturers using American technology are no longer allowed to supply Huawei. Huawei has indicated that it is looking for a solution, but that the future of Huawei can become in real danger.

    Last year, we visited Huawei in Shenzhen during a major event of the company and spoke to several executives. It soon became clear to us that despite the trade ban, Huawei was doing everything possible to come up with alternative solutions for American technology. Our conclusion at the time was that with the trade ban, the U.S. government is making Huawei even more dangerous. By coming up with good alternatives for American technology, they will no longer buy American products, even without a trade ban. Take, for example, the Kunpeng chip, which is already a good alternative for Intel processors in the data center.

    Trump aims for Huawei’s core products
    It’s now more than a half year after we published the story about how Huawei can become more dangerous to the U.S. economy. The U.S. now seems to be even more committed to demolishing the Chinese company. Not only has the trade ban been extended by a year, but they have also found the weak spot of Huawei. By going after the core of every product, they can really damage the company. All chip manufacturers using American technology are no longer allowed to supply Huawei with chips. Previously the ban seemed to apply only to American companies, but now it applies to all American technology.

    One of the companies that are no longer allowed to supply Huawei is the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Until recently, this Taiwanese chip manufacturer produced all the chips for Huawei. From the Kirin chips in the smartphones, the Kunpeng chip in the data centre to specific network chips. Huawei has a department that can design excellent chips, but if you can’t have them manufactured, you have a problem. Huawei has now recognised that big problem, it indicates that the survival of the company is now in jeopardy."


  40. Dylan Liu on August 30, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    that FBI director is actually saying foreign governments should also ban Google and Apple??

  41. Mister Hill on August 30, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Why The US think Huawei is a National Security threat? Here is a clear and simple explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zltC4oXoSxc

  42. Mo on August 30, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    The US is leading the world to take action to slow down China’s progress. China is advancing too fast. It is seen in almost every part of the world. China grew so fast because they cheat on the US. Huawei spied on America and Trump has already banned it. The US government is now getting evidence to charge them in court. Let this be an example and lesson for the world to see. Thank you America for protecting the world.

  43. pao-seng ye on August 30, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    "Huawei 5G is US National Security Threat !🥵 🥶 😱"
    ,,, because US💩 govt can not hack Huawei 5G "Polar Code".🤨 🧐 🤓
    ,,, therefore everyone is safe against US-CIA, NSA, FBI and Donald Duck !😅 😂 🤣

  44. Rareș Fetele on August 30, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    i like like watching the cooment on my south korean note 10 ngl

  45. Shailesh Shrestha on August 30, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Apple,Facebook,twitter,google,instagram list goes on…Double standard

  46. tvb nut on August 30, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Because USA can’t compete fairly. Just look at Japan in the 80s and alstrom. Unfortunately this is China. Yes the country that beat da crap out of gi joe in Korea. This is an independent and sovereign superpower.

  47. Whizzy 4567 on August 30, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    All because Huawei broke protocol re Iran, America is so hypocritical.

  48. Munawar Shah Afridi on August 30, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Standard and quality is hidden in Huawei. There is no medicine for obsession and trump is suffering in that. I believe U.S will also adopt Huawei 5G soon.

  49. Su Jinzhan on August 30, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    not under control of US gov is obviously a threat

  50. stpuw l on August 30, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Not true. Simply because huawei is a chinese tech company that produces and invest in technology that the us dominates. And it is about to overcome.

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