China has been widely recognized as one of the most valuable manufacturers in the world. Companies across the People’s Republic of China that manufacture goods have taken advantage of their low prices and high quality for years, a major factor in the country’s second-highest current GDP calculation.
For many years, businesspeople across the United States have sought to do business with Chinese manufacturers as a means of cutting costs and becoming more competitive. However, some American entrepreneurs and executives have grown leery of Chinese companies, as they are said to ask United States-based companies for their intellectual property in exchange for doing business with them.
In other words, American businesses that do not share their trade secrets, copyrights, patents, and trademarks are generally unable to do business with Chinese manufacturers. The country’s manufacturers have established such a process by competing with one another to source the most valuable, useful intellectual property. Today, manufacturers across the People’s Republic of China routinely ask American businesses that hope to outsource their production needs to Chinese manufacturers for intellectual property.
This de facto business practice is a major reason behind United States President Donald Trump’s move to enact many billions of dollars’ worth of tariffs on hundreds of types of goods imported by companies and private consumers in the United States and exported by manufacturers to China.
According to a recent insider report that was released on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, actively and systemically rewards its workers for stealing intellectual property from Apple, the world’s most widely-recognized smartphone manufacturer and designer.
Although Huawei employees aren’t expected to have committed cybercrime to gain access into Apple’s in-house infrastructure of trade secrets, the Chinese manufacturer has, in fact, been said to get ideas for new parts by reverse engineering parts in Apple’s iPhone, not to mention other Apple electronics.
One of the many pieces of evidence that proves Huawei’s employees are collectively and individually interested in stealing Apple’s technologies dates back three months ago, to November 2018. An engineer employed by Huawei is said to have offered a competitive manufacturing deal for parts used in the heart rate sensor of the Apple Watch.
The unidentified Huawei employee allegedly never went through with the contract. Rather, the simply pulled a bait-and-switch to get the supplier’s representatives in a sit-down meeting to inquire about some of the Apple Watch’s intricate technological details.