China-America studies expert weighs in on huawei

Added On June 12, 2019

Sourabh Gupta, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Institute for China-America Studies, says that the U.S. interference in Huawei's business operations reflects a lack of confidence in the west.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English): SOURABH GUPTA, Institute for China-America Studies
"I mean, it just shocks me a little bit of, and that's where I start talking about the under-confidence in the west."
Gupta emphasized that what the U.S. is doing to Huawei won't hold back Chinese companies from making progress in technology and innovation.
SOUNDBITE 2 (English): SOURABH GUPTA, Institute for China-America Studies
"But the fact of the matter is, even if you go after Huawei and, you can immobilize them for a while, Huawei is not going to be the only Chinese company for the rest of history, which is going to be a number one. China is going to throw up number ones by number ones."
Gupta suggested that administrators should consider focusing on the core backbone infrastructure, and let the open market compete for the telecoms and peripheral infrastructure.
SOUNDBITE (English): SOURABH GUPTA, Institute for China-America Studies
"But that's just not the way the mindset is beginning to work right now, because and I think that's just under-confidence and it's coming into a bad decision making on it."
Washington declared last month a national emergency over what it claimed is technological threats, and announced restrictions on the sale and transfer of American technologies to Huawei.
The U.S. government has not produced any hard evidence to support its accusation that Huawei is able to use its network equipment to spy on foreign nations for the Chinese government.