The US has persisted in exerting pressure on allies, especially in Europe, to exclude Huawei from their 5G wireless networks. There are also concerns over Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government and that its products might be used to sneak on other nations. Fatima Haider notes that many nations would not be able to resist Huawei’s cost-friendly 5G installations for long. Pakistan is benefitting itself from the ICT academies and tech infrastructure that Huawei has to offer.
Ms Fatima Haider is pursuing an MPhil degree in International Relations from National Defence University Islamabad.