Sputnik: This story has been ongoing for a few months since the arrest of chief financial officer in Canada. What's your take on the US-led campaign against Huawei? Are the accusations of espionage and ties to the Communist Party founded? My colleague read out that it was political suppression, it's more than that isn't it? It's economic suppression as well?
As far as Huawei is concerned, Huawei is, of course, the pride of China's technological progress. Huawei is a very special company, regardless of its origin, because if you look around the world, they come from different sectors or fields, but aside from the origin of the founder of Huawei, the company is almost entirely owned by the staff. I mean over 98% of the shares are owned by the staff of Huawei. And secondly, Huawei has a global staff, something like 170,000 people. 45% of the total staff are engaged in research and development, so it's a very high-tech company right from the start.
So I think that all of a sudden the United States seems to realize that China is getting ahead of the game and this is part of a perceived global threat of China threatening Americans dominance in the world, the so-called Pax Americana, which has defined world order since the Second World War, it seems to be coming to an end. That worries a lot of American strategists, and this concern is bipartisan, you can't just blame it all on the Trump administration, there are thinkers and informers and people influence on both sides of the aisle in the United States.
Now when China was first helped to join the WTO, in the international liberal economic order, the hope was that China would become more like the United States, becoming more liberal if not totally democratic, opening up its economy, as at least a member of an international liberal order led by the United States. At that time China was producing Nike shoes, T-shirts and things like that at the low-end, it's not threatening America at all, on the contrary, all these products, the vast majority of the products accrued to the United States, but now China is perceived to be eating America's lunch, so Huawei's story must be seen in this context.
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