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concerns about Chinese corporate espionage justified, or is this just an
election year campaign ploy to score political points by appealing to misguided
American voters? For the state-run China
Daily, scholar Qi Li asserts that recent moves to
restrict Chinese firms in the U.S. market and a Congressional report laying out
why they cannot be trusted endangers relations and global economic recovery.
By Qi Li*
October 16, 2012
Republic of China - China Daily – Original Article (English)
blame Chinese companies for the loss of American jobs while opposing the
Chinese investment that would create them.
The recent U.S. Congressional report on Huawei
and ZTE, two Chinese telecommunications giants, once
again drags innocent outside institutions into American domestic politics.
On October 8, the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a report asserting that:
"Huawei and ZTE cannot
be trusted to be free of foreign state influence, and thus pose a security
threat to the United States and to our systems." The report goes on to
recommend that American regulators block U.S. mergers and acquisitions by Huawei and ZTE and that U.S.
government systems not include components from the two firms, because they
could pose an espionage risk.
Anyone with common sense would agree with the Huawei spokesman who called the accusations "dangerous
political distractions" and that the accusations and recommendations in
the report are unreasonable and without justification.
Accusations that the companies pose a security risk are
based on the assertion that they cannot be free of state influence, a
subjective judgment with no credible evidence to support it. Coming from a
so-called intelligence panel, this is not at all intelligent, particularly
since the U.S. government has publicly and repeatedly recognized China as a
partner rather than an enemy. No company in the world can be entirely free of
state influence, and included American firms. Does that make them security
Many U.S. companies, such as Boeing and Motorola, maintain
close links to the American government and operate in China, yet China's
government has never called for these firms to be excluded from our market. As
a matter of fact, Chinese authorities have done their utmost to facilitate
The two Chinese firms that are alleged to pose a security
risk to the U.S. are now welcomed and respected partners in about 150
U.S. politicians have long made unfair and irresponsible
accusations against China and Chinese companies, deliberately ignoring facts
and behaving arrogantly and hypocritically. In a bid to deflect attention from
their own economic culpability, they blame China's government and Chinese firms
for the loss of American jobs, while at the same time, they oppose Chinese
investment that would create them. They complain about trade imbalances yet
they refuse to sell products that Chinese companies want to buy. They lecture
others on free trade and government non-interference, while repeatedly doing
the opposite themselves.
China is an emerging power, and some U.S. politicians fear
that it may grow strong enough to challenge America's global supremacy. But
should politicians take advantage of these misguided sentiments on the part of
some Americans? Should they put mutually-beneficial Sino-U.S. economic
relations at risk, damaging the global trade environment?
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U.S. politicians ought to know that their actions could
backfire and damage American interests. A spokesman for Huawei
warned that the Congressional report "recklessly threatens American jobs
and innovation, and does nothing to protect national security." But
perhaps U.S. politicians don't care. Perhaps all they are interested on is
their own short-term political gain.
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The report states: "China has the means, opportunity
and motive to use telecommunications companies for malicious purposes."
But those using malicious methods are U.S. politicians making baseless
assertions for their own selfish purposes. This latest report comes in the
final stretch of campaigning for the U.S. presidency. It is an election in
which China has been scapegoated for America's economic woes, with both
candidates trying to show that if elected, he would bash China the hardest.
Both have without hesitation put partisan interests above the interests of the
American nation and people.
Yet the two sides have much to gain from cooperating. And,
in fact, the leaders and people of our countries are working hard to develop a
constructive relationship, exploring ways to build a new kind of the
state-to-state relationship that featured win-win results. But such an
undertaking requires mutual respect, mutual accommodation and healthy
competition. Unfortunately and regrettably, such a biased report undermines
each of these.
Li is a Beijing-based scholar of international relations.
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