Microsoft's (MSFT) most powerful manager has labeled US President Donald Trump's treatment of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei unfair and un-American.
Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Huawei should do so. Trump is allowed to buy US technology, although Trump has banned this action. Smith says this should "not happen without a solid foundation, logic and rule of law."
"And our answer is," Great, show us what you know. "To let a technology company know that it can sell products but can not buy an operating system or chips is like telling a hotel company that it can open its doors, but no beds in." In any case, you endanger the survival of this company. "
Microsoft's Smith is discussing his new book," Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Danger of the Digital Age, "in which the US and China are represented tensions are strong.
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The US and a number of other countries and authorities have consistently pointed to Huawei's links with the Chinese government and highlighted Chinese law on national intelligence services, that states that organizations "must support co-co-operate with the National Intelligence Service. "
Since then, Australia, the US and New Zealand b local companies have prevented Huawei from providing the technology for their 5G networks. Britain has yet to make a decision.
Last month, US Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge told Yahoo Finance UK about the Huawei threat over 5G servers.
Ridge, who was the first chief of Homeland Security under George Bush, described the exploitation by Huawei to ensure that information is delivered to Chinese intelligence agencies, "virtually guaranteed".
"Prompting a company under its Intelligence Act to help its government obtain information [would mean] is virtually guaranteed exploitation, hopefully the next Prime Minister [now Boris Johnson] will team up with Five Eyes and persuade him to take the risk "
Ridge went on to say that it would be more difficult to allow Huawei into the UK to change the information exchange, and hopefully this change of government will lead to a change in policy."