February 18, 2019

Beijing’s denial of Huawei control bucks expert analysis

Featuring Elsa B. Kania

Source: The Toronto Star

Journalist Perrin Grauer

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s condemnation Monday of suggestions Beijing requires domestic tech companies to allow state access to data collected by their equipment or networks directly contradicts the accounts of top Western intelligence and policy experts.

According to a specialist in Chinese military innovation and defence science, there are indeed reasons to be concerned about the risk of Chinese companies such as telecom giant Huawei operating in service of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) interest.

“While these problems are not unique to Huawei or many other Chinese companies … there are ways in which they are expected to be — or have no option but to be — subject to party control and often mobilized to national priorities,” said Elsa B. Kania, adjunct senior fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.

Read the full article and more in The Toronto Star.

Authors

  • Elsa B. Kania

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her research focuses on Chinese m...