No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
The unspoken US policy objective behind the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on trumped up charges, is to break China’s technological lead in wireless telecommunications. What is at stake is a coordinated US and allied intelligence initiative to ban China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd from the “next generation” state of the art 5G global mobile phone network.
The intelligence operation is led by “Five Eyes”, a so-called “intelligence-sharing alliance to combat espionage” between the US and its four (junior) Anglo-Saxon partners: UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.
Western media tabloids repeatedly refer to legitimate “national security concerns” as a justification for the banning of China’s telecom equipment. This is in reality a fierce battle in the global wireless telecom industry.
On July 17, the spy chiefs from the “Five Eyes” nations travelled from Ottawa to Nova Scotia for a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. that was casually described by The Sydney Morning Herald as “an informal evening after intense talks in nearby Ottawa”.
The encounter with Canada’s Prime Minister was neither informal nor spontaneous. His presence at that meeting served to provide a “political green-light” to the Five Eyes “intelligence campaign” against China:
In the months that followed that July 17 dinner, an unprecedented campaign has been waged by those present to block Chinese tech giant Huawei from supplying equipment for their next-generation wireless networks. This increasingly muscular posture towards Beijing culminated in last week’s arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver, over alleged breaches of US sanctions with Iran. (Sydney Morning Herald, December 13, 2018)
CIA Director Gina Haspel and Britain’s MI6 Chief Michael Younger were in attendance. The intent of this meeting was crystal clear. The arrest of Meng Wanzhou was part of a broader intelligence strategy directed against China which had been planned well in advance.
The US based telecom conglomerates are up against the wall. The industry is in a shambles. The US no longer produces smart phones. Its manufacturing base in Silicon Valley has been closed down. US smart phone companies increasingly rely on China not only for cellphone production but also for the development of intellectual property.
China is not only the largest producer of cellphones worldwide, it is a leader in wireless technology. According to an August 2018 report by Deloitte Consulting: “China is winning the race against the United States to build a faster nationwide wireless network that uses 5G technology, billed as the mobile industry’s future. Unless the US moves more quickly, it will be at a major disadvantage when it comes to creating dominant new companies in the emerging space….Accordingly, countries that adopt 5G first are expected to experience disproportionate gains in macroeconomic impact compared to those that lag,”.
US companies have been sounding the alarm over a purported race against China over 5G, perhaps playing to the fears and strategic desires of the Trump White House. (Fortune, August 7, 2018). The complicity of the Canadian government in the arrest of Meng Wanzhou on behalf of the Trump White House puts in jeopardy Canada’s longstanding economic, social and cultural ties with the People’s Republic of China.
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