The number of companies and entrepreneurs who have fallen victim to US global hegemony is unknown but Marc Lassus, founder of Gemplus, a manufacturer of smart cards (including SIM cards) is one of them. .
After seeing the Frenchman’s business make waves with billions of users, the United States took control of the company and ousted Lassus, Chinese newspaper Global Times reported. Lassus said their goal was, through the CIA and NSA, to spy on the whole world.
Lassus told his story in a recently published book, “The Chip Trap”. In an interview with the Global Times, he shared his thoughts on Canada’s arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, at the behest of the United States.
“The detention of Meng Wanzhou in Canada is a pure scandal, as well as their request for extradition to the United States,” he said.
Huawei has a very significant technological advantage in 5G infrastructure and to some extent in fiber optics, their presence in Africa is also very strong and it is too late to beat them, Lassus said. Therefore, the United States has used blunt and “cowboy” approaches to hamper Huawei’s business expansion.
He added that Meng’s case reminded him of his own experience. He was almost arrested on similar and trumped up “charges” while on a private trip to Cuba, but he miraculously escaped imprisonment in the United States.
“The transition from the Trump administration to that of Biden will not change much of American policies,” he noted.
He also mentioned that the US claim that it values free markets is “sheer hypocrisy.” They are using all possible means to prevent high-tech companies from other countries from succeeding in international markets, such as Huawei, ZTE, and putting pressure on chipmakers such as Samsung.
Lassus said he was optimistic about cooperation between China and Europe, which is entering a new era with increasingly strategic, more complex but more promising relations.
“It is now very clear that China should put more effort and investment than ever before to develop key technologies in the semiconductor industry such as key equipment, materials and design tools, etc. Especially when the United States tries to ban all trade between the world, big business and China, ”he said.
The long arm of US jurisdiction dates back more than a decade, when the world’s greatest power felt threatened by the rapid rise of other economies. Now, the possibility of losing a technological advantage haunts Washington, which has resorted to circumventing the law to gain a competitive advantage. Corruption, fraud and violation of sanctions are excuses commonly used by the United States to take down any individual, entity or country by which it feels threatened.
Frederic Pierucci, an executive with Alstom, a French electricity and transportation conglomerate, was arrested by the FBI when his plane arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on April 14, 2013. It was accused of bribing Indonesian officials to win a power plant contract.
Coincidence or not, the arrest of Pierucci, then president of the boiler subsidiary of the French electricity titan, took place in parallel with the largest acquisition by the American General Electric (GE) of the energy activity of its French rival Alstom.
Lassus said that it was only after January 2019, when Frédéric Pierucci published his book “The American Trap”, also known as “The American Trap”, that he felt free, credible and publicly protected to tell its story.
“Pierucci’s book relates the American aggression, via General Electric, to take control of ALSTOM, a French company. Pierucci was put in prison for two years in the United States! A real scandal”, declared Lassus.
(With the contribution of the Global Times)