Chinas state-owned newspaper has launched a furious attack against the West, accusing other countries of creating senseless attitudes towards Beijing.The piece published by the Global Times lashes out at western countries for rejecting Chinese technology company Huawei due to allegations of cyber security breaches and human rights violations.
The company has faced accusations from the US and its allies that its technology could contain backdoors that would allow surveillance by the Chinese government.
Huawei has also been accused of assisting in the mass detention of Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic group, Xinjiang re-education camps by working on a facial recognition system that could monitor the minority group.
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The latest attack from the Global Times appears to be prompted by French footballer Antoine Griezmann announcing he was ending his sponsorship with the company over the human rights allegations.
The newspaper claimed this showed “how seriously France and the West have defamed Huawei”.
“In the West, everything connected with Xinjiang would be suspected of assisting suppression of the Uygurs. Products from Xinjiang are said to be made with forced labour, and even opening a business is Xinjiang would be accused of supporting suppression,” the newspaper stated.
“The Chinese people can clearly feel the hysteria and ludicrousness of such extremism. Griezmann’s action makes him a fool.”
The Global Times article claims this highlights the “double standards” of western countries as American companies like Intel and NVIDIA whose chips are installed in the facial recognition system aren’t being boycotted in the same way.
“Western opinion seldom makes such harsh criticism, while Chinese companies like Huawei become the target of attack by Western opinion. The West-chanted morality only serves
Western interests,” thepiece read.
The media outlet went on to claim there has been no evidence of intelligence gathering from Chinese owned companies like Huawei and TikTok and claimed western countries were too scared to question the US government’s surveillance of the world.
“Western opinion is a tiger when facing China, but turns into a cat when facing the US. The US entrapment of Huawei is an unprecedented, unjust case in the history of crackdowns on tech companies,” the Global Times stated.
“The US political persecution of Huawei is crystal clear. Western media did not stand out to stop such a US manoeuvre, but acted as an accomplice of the US crackdown on Huawei. This is the shame of Western public opinion.”
Many believe that the start of current tensions between Australia and China was sparked after Australia banned Huawei from participating in the NBN due to concerns about cyber attacks.
Then in 2018 Australia took action against the company again when the federal government banned it from taking part in the rollout of 5G mobile infrastructure.
The relationship between the two nations further deteriorated when Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on China to allow an independent investigation into how the COVID-19 virus first appeared in Wuhan.
Since then China has launched multiple attacks on Australian industries, introducing tariffs and bans on our wine, barley, lamb, beef, coal, lobster and timber.
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This latest piece from the Global Times comes less than a week after the newspaper accused Australia of being a front for the US, once again using the restrictions placed on Huawei as a point of tension.
“It is clear to all that Australia has been the pawn in the US regional strategy in the recent years, especially during the Trump administration,” the paper stated.
“In the US campaign to attack Huawei, Australia fired the first shot and then took credit for the US.
“When it comes to confronting China, Australia cannot claim to be the US’s number two ally.”
In response to China’s growing bans on Aussie exports, citizens have been urged to boycott products made by Chinese companies this Christmas.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has been pushing for the boycott, urging Australians to think about who they choose to support these holidays.
“You might think it’s awfully hard, yes it is hard, I get it,” Ms Hanson said in a Facebook video.
“We all have our part to play in this. Think about it when you buy that furniture, that toy, that food, whatever you buy, have a look where it comes from, and if it’s China, let it sit on the shelf.”

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