Tech firm Huawei was founded by a former officer in the China’s People’s Liberation Army, Ren Zhengfei. However, the firm denies having close ties with the Chinese government.
Internet service provider TalkTalk has confirmed that Huawei will be monitoring activity and creating blacklists according to the BBC.
Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee previously reported that “the alleged links between Huawei and the Chinese State are concerning, as they generate suspicion as to whether Huawei’s intentions are strictly commercial or are more political”
According to Private Eye, Huawei was barred from a broadband project in Australia in 2012 and is also under investigation by the US House of Representatives.
The company’s relationship with the Conservative Party is strong – ex-UK Trade and Investment Andrew Cahn was appointed as the chair of their UK advisory board and peer Baroness Wheatcroft is also on the board.
Huawei promised David Cameron that they would create 700 jobs in the UK.
Image of Ren Zhengfei via YouTube