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Huawei a victim of US-China trade war

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Added 22nd August 2019 05:00 PM

Huawei is a Chinese multinational technology private company which has made significant achievements including the production of devices for Fifth Generation (5G) network.

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Huawei is a Chinese multinational technology private company which has made significant achievements including the production of devices for Fifth Generation (5G) network.

 
By Mubarak Mugabo
 
Last week, the media was awash with stories by the wall street journal claiming that Huawei is assisting African Governments to spy on the Opposition.
 
This western media outlet pointed out a case in point of Ugandan pop artist turned politician Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has allegedly been spied on by Government using Huawei technicians, which claim has been explicitly dismissed by the Chinese Government.
 
Huawei is a Chinese multinational technology private company which has made significant achievements including the production of devices for Fifth Generation (5G) network.
 
The company has become a punching bag for some western powers and the US because of its progressive and time tested technology that has worldwide beaten theirs.
 
The US recently banned Huawei’s products in its market with similar claims that it spies the US on behalf of the Chinese Government. The ban was extended to stop Google from buying Huawei products.
 
Neither the US nor some of those in the west have substantiated this allegation making it baseless used to drive their ultimate agenda to stop China from rising to the world’s superpower currently occupied by the US and her special allies in Europe.
 
This, however, did not stop other world powers like India and Russia from consuming Huawei products and embracing the 5G technology. Russia recently announced that it is going to officially roll out 5G technology come 2020.
 
Also, peaceful countries like Canada expressed readiness to welcome this technology, this then generally points to the fact that Huawei is contributing to enhancing global growth and development for a shared future.
 
This marked the beginning of the open China-US trade war that is still characterized by tariffs from both sides.
 
The Chinese economy is estimated at $14tn with a 6.3% growth. This worries the US with a $19tn growing at 3.2%. With this kind of trajectory, the Chinese economy may surpass the US’s in a period of 10 years and the only way to stop it is by frustrating companies like Huawei who are positioned to rule the world market in a near future.
 
Why smearing Huawei in Africa?
 
The wild allegation against Huawei is a scheme to kill its market in Africa which has been significantly growing for the last decade.
 
Huawei has been one of the few companies that have been providing cheap devices and technological services in Africa at a cheaper cost. This seemed to have posed a business threat to many western technology companies which were expensive.
 
Huawei provided cheaper mobile devices on the African market; one could get a smart phone as cheap as $26 which Apple or other technology companies couldn’t provide anywhere in the world.
 
Instead of providing cheaper products for a fair competition, the US and western media resorted to blackmail and baseless accusations to frustrate Chinese products.
 
A debate has been quietly raging on where Africa would stand between China and the west in the trade war, some believe China commands overwhelming support given its multi-billion infrastructure projects ran on the continent while others believe the west having colonized Africa still have indirect control on Africa.
 
Couldn’t the way our opposition politicians enjoy support from the west to assent on to power justify this? Is it not the time for our politicians to differentiate between politics from issues that can endanger economies?
 
Should Uganda surrender its national sovereignty because of a single opposition politician used by the west to fight a trade war!
 
This same opposition figure has a song titled “Uganda Zukuuka” literary meaning “Wake up Uganda”, indeed wake up Uganda; the west is using you to fight your historic development partner called China.
 
Africa which has the largest number of developing countries should not allow the US and its allies to frustrate companies which offer cheaper services simply because they are fighting a trade war.
 
Remember we have greater aspiration as Africans; Africa vision 2063 can only be achieved by improving our infrastructure and energy initiatives not by being used by the west to fight for their own interests.

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