This is exactly why the NSA broke into Huawei's systems in Shenzhen back in 2010, according to documents made public by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2014.
Public memory is woefully short and given that the US media is highly patriotic — except when confronted by something like the documents which were leaked — such facts are rarely ventilated.
The NSA hacked into Huawei's servers, an operation codenamed Shotgiant, to find links between the company and the People's Liberation Army.
An NSA document was quoted as saying: “Many of our targets communicate over Huawei-produced products. We want to make sure that we know how to exploit these products", to "gain access to networks of interest” around the world.
In other words, Chinese spying bad, American spying good.
The US has attempted to get the UK onboard with its bid to ban the use of Huawei equipment recently, but London has taken what is an eminently sensible route by working with the Chinese giant so that any suspicions can be dealt with immediately.
Australia, which has always been a lapdog for the US, has predictably jumped on the anti-Huawei bandwagon, keeping the company from being involved in the national broadband network and more recently pushing the Solomon Islands to drop Huawei from a contract for an undersea cable. The contract was given to local firm, Vocus,
Australia's Optus and Vodafone have relationships with Huawei, while the country's biggest telco, Telstra, is not in the picture.
But the fact of the matter is that Huawei holds the upper hand in these matters. It is one of just four companies — Ericsson, Nokia and ZTE are the others — that has the technical nous and budget to get involved in 5G projects and it is just about everywhere.
Unlike in the case of Kaspersky (I have dealt with that subject here and will do so once again soon), the US will have to produce some proof of Huawei's alleged nexus with the Chinese Government if it wants the company to be blacklisted more widely.
As Huawei has pointed out on numerous occasions, it has business dealings in 170 countries where the governments have no concerns even close to those hinted at by the US.
It is common knowledge that the spy agencies in the US — and other Western countries — work with the government to help local companies gain business. The US campaign against Huawei appears to fall into this category. All a part of making America great again.