The development could be related to the fact that Chinese laws require organizations as well as citizens to support, assist and cooperate with its intelligence network. The United States has also banned Huawei citing national security concerns despite strenuous denials by Huawei.
On Thursday, the Australian government stated, it has banned China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment for its planned 5G mobile network, citing risks of foreign interference.
The United States has also banned Huawei citing national security risks. With Australia also taking similar steps, the issue has emerged as a flashpoint between the two countries. In recent months, Australia had also alleged that China’s meddling in Australian politics had deepened.
In a statement, the Australian government said, suppliers “who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government” would leave Australia’s network vulnerable to unauthorized access or interference”.
Although the statement did not specifically name Huawei, as an official from the government the order was aimed at Huawei and precluded its involvement in setting up a 5G mobile network in the country.
According to Chinese laws, organizations as well as citizens are required to support, assist and cooperate with its intelligence network.
Huawei’s Australian arm has strenuously denied that it is controlled by Beijing. Through a tweet, Huawei’s Australian arm stated it was an “extremely disappointing result for consumers”.
Like the United States, Australia’s security agencies are worried that Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government opens up the possibility that its equipment could be used for espionage purposes.
Incidentally, Huawei, the world biggest maker of telecommunications and networking gear, had offered Australia complete oversight of its 5G networking equipment, including base stations, towers and radio transmission equipment.