My position as the Apple Villagers’ Queen of Contrarianism means there are times when I come up with a controversial perspective on a major issue. For example, earlier this year– back when a tracking app was putting the self righteous technorati elite into public spams, I asked, “What’s Wrong With Tracking People?” I track my parents. Tracking can be good.
More than a decade earlier I thought Apple CEO Steve Jobs was looking worse year after year and issued “The Steve Jobs Death Watch.” Critics howled at me, of course, but Jobs never got better.
What about Chinese techno-giant Huawei? The U.S. government’s hatred of Huawei could be channeled into a different direction. How so?
First of all, the U.S. could cut a deal with Huawei which would allow the company to sell to U.S. companies, and hop back in bed with government agencies which need decent high tech but on the cheap.
Second, in exchange for doing business with the U.S., Huawei would be forced to never spy upon American businesses or the government. The penalty would be an immediate ban of Huawei worldwide.
China would not risk that kind of ban.
Third, in exchange for doing business with the U.S. and other Western nations, Huawei would be required to spy upon whomever and whatever the U.S. desires. Friends and foes alike. The Chinese techno-giant would be required to install spyware whenever it installs new equipment for North Korea, Russia, or any other country or corporation that the U.S. sees fit.
Do that, Huawei, and you can do business with the U.S., Europe and other countries where the company is banned.
What about China?
Could the U.S. force Huawei to spy on the Chinese government or businesses in China? Sure. Why not? Intellectual property means little to China’s government or businesses, so it is likely they would be willing to sell out their own.
That’s why the U.S. should support Huawei. Cut a deal that works both ways and makes almost everybody happy.
Wait. If China and Chinese companies cannot be trusted then what’s the solution to a good deal; a win-win?
When you start seeing Huawei technology showing up in the U.S. then you’ll know somebody cut a deal someplace, even if it’s just frequent accommodations for Huawei personnel at specific hotels and resorts.