Pompeo says U.S. to slap visa restrictions on Huawei employees

Joanna Estrada
July 16, 2020

Pompeo told a news conference the State Department would "impose visa restrictions on certain employees of Chinese technology companies like Huawei that provide material support to regimes engaging in human rights violations and abuses globally".

"We convinced many countries, many countries - and I did this myself for the most part - not to use Huawei because we think it's an unsafe security risk, it's a big security risk", he said.

The United States accuses Huawei of working on the behest of Beijing and says that global security and personal data will be at risk if the company dominates development of the world's fifth-generation internet.

The British government says it decided upon the ban in response to new US sanctions imposed on Huawei in May.

China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, said expelling Huawei was a "disappointing and wrong decision". Huawei had been reportedly pushing for the full ban to take effect after the next general election scheduled to take place in 2024 at the latest that could potentially bring a new government to power with a more sympathetic approach. The policy reversal hands a major victory to US President Donald Trump's administration in its geopolitical and trade battle with China. "This is a USA campaign focused on attacking our business and attacking the technology and that is because the USA is behind on the technology", he said.

But while US officials including Secretary Pompeo touted Britain's decision, the practical impact of the new policy is uncertain. "We are in a long-term. trade dispute escalation from the United States around how it wants to retain technology leadership". US lawmakers also have raised security concerns over TikTok's handling of user data, citing Chinese laws that require domestic companies "to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party".

The department didn't specify which employees, nor what other companies would be affected; it didn't immediately respond to queries by The Epoch Times about the measure. The trust we've built up around the world is with our customers (and) the telecoms networks. British telecom firms already provide 5G service to most British cities and many large towns, with much of the network relying on Chinese equipment.

The Government moved to ban Huawei from the UK's 5G network after the White House imposed sanctions on the firm which prevent it from using United States technology in its 5G equipment.

UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden said that the government has also committed to the removal of existing Huawei equipment from British networks by 2027.

London reversed course after the Trump administration threatened to end an intelligence-sharing agreement due to concern that Huawei's involvement might allow Beijing to infiltrate British networks. As part of those sanctions, companies around the world were blocked from using US -made software or machinery to design Huawei equipment. Many politicians and security experts believe that Huawei is a secret surveillance vehicle for the Chinese government - a position the company has always denied - and therefore untrustworthy.

'The UK is not the USA, nor Australia, nor Canada.

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