The United States’ battle against Chinese technology companies continues to add chapters. The Trump Administration deploys a major offensive against operators, cloud service providers and mobile applications through the Clean Network program , which will deploy five specific lines of action: Clean Carrier, Clean Store, Clean Apps, Clean Cloud and Clean Cable.

The goal? According to Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo, guarantee «the privacy of our citizens and the most sensitive information of our companies from aggressive intrusions by malicious actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party,» which would pass through acting directly at the infrastructure and telecommunications level.

The new measures devised by the Government will impact the business of all those companies of Chinese origin that operate on the internet, since their movements in one of the largest markets in the world will be limited.

The US authorities say that there are «unreliable» operators that «represent a danger to national security of the United States. and should not provide international telecommunications services to and from ”the American country, nor connect to their networks. This is related to the actions already taken against Huawei and 5G networks.

In addition, the American giant has declared its intentions to work with other countries to ensure that submarine cables around the world «are not subverted for intelligence gathering by the People’s Republic of China a large scale ”.

Companies of the caliber of Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent are directly named as enemies to beat. The United States will not allow the personal information of its citizens or the intellectual property of its companies to be stored in cloud-based systems «accessible to our foreign adversaries .» These critical data include their research for a vaccine to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As for mobile applications, two fronts are opening. On the one hand, the United States requests that “untrusted” applications be removed from the US mobile application stores .»The apps of the People’s Republic of China threaten our privacy, spread viruses and spread propaganda and misinformation,» accuses Michael R. Pompeo, which in his opinion would leave the mobile phones of its citizens exposed to «the exploitation and theft for the benefit ”of China.

Trump has been targeted to the short video application TikTok, whose operations in US soil could come to a halt in mid-September if Microsoft fails to reach an acquisition agreement sooner.

On the other hand, the Government does not want Chinese phone manufacturers to pre-install or allow “trusted apps” to be installed on their devices . And here it attacks Huawei , a company it considers «an arm of the surveillance state» of the People’s Republic of China, which «is trading in innovations and reputation of major US and foreign companies. These companies should remove their apps from the Huawei app store to ensure they are not associated with a human rights violator ”, he says.

The precedents

The Huawei case perfectly exemplifies the confrontational situation in which two of the main economic powers find themselves. Accusations of espionage go back years ago .

In May 2019, President Trump signed an executive order that excluded Huawei and prohibited its commercial relations with US manufacturers on the grounds of a national security case. And since then, their relations have flared up .

Despite the American veto, and also despite the impact of the health crisis on the supply chain and sales due to the spread of the virus throughout the planet, the company has presented good financial results.

During the first half of 2020, Huwei’s revenue increased 13.1% to close to $ 65 billion, with a 9.2% net profit margin.