NCC nominee speaks out against Huawei
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-21 05:10 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A nominee for the National Communication Commission said Wednesday she would oppose the purchase of 4G telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. for national security reasons.

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. Chairman Terry Gou recently threatened not to pay anymore taxes in Taiwan if the NCC vetoed his 4G venture’s plan to work with the major Chinese telecom manufacturer.

Several countries, including the United States, Great Britain and India, have voiced concern about the security aspect of working with a firm founded by a former People’s Liberation Army engineer.

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Yeh Yi-jin questioned three nominees for the nine-seat NCC Wednesday about their attitudes toward Huawei’s planned involvement with Taiwanese 4G ventures.

“Out of national security considerations, I should say no,” nominee Chen Yi-ning, a professor at the department of advertising at National Chengchi University.

The two other nominees, Weng Po-tsung and Tu Chen-hua, said they would rely on advice from national security organs before making a decision either for or against Huawei.

Initially, Chen had replied that each case needed to be treated according to procedures, which led Yeh to criticize her for not having clearly understood the issue yet, which was dangerous. When the lawmaker asked the same question, Chen changed her stance and said she would reject the Huawei deal.

Weng, who serves as the chief secretary of the NCC, said that the contract had to be discussed both with businesses and with experts, with the opinions of national security organs more important than those of purely technical advisers.

Tu described the Huawei case as a technological issue but for reasons of social harmony, national security had to be guaranteed.

Yeh praised Weng’s reply but said that Tu obviously lacked professionalism and did not pass muster. She then asked each nominee the same question again. Weng said he would respect the opinion of national security bodies while Tu said he would let those organs handle the issue.

DPP lawmakers Kuan Bi-ling and Tsai Chi-chang criticized the two male nominees for following in the footsteps of NCC Minister Howard Shyr by letting national security bodies solve the issue and not taking responsibility themselves.

The three nominees have to be approved by the Legislative Yuan before they can take up their positions.

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