Nancy Pelosi warns Europe that Huawei represents Chinese state police

Clay Curtis
February 17, 2020

Washington has lobbied its European allies to ban Huawei from helping to develop their 5G networks, claiming that the tech firm poses a serious security threat.

Meanwhile, Huawei hit back at allegations that it was able to carry out unauthorised wiretaps, calling the accusations "nonense". Lawmakers in Washington have repeatedly accused Huawei of being a threat to US national security, and of using its equipment to carry out espionage on behalf of the Chinese government.

Previous US efforts to convince allies to bar the Chinese company from their networks have primarily focused on warnings that its equipment could be used by China for spying.

"They basically say the same thing, whenever they go about China, and I don't want to waste our time responding to each and every thing they have said", Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

With the US defense establishment identifying China as its No. 1 priority, a bi-partisan delegation headed by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed home their concerns about the use of equipment from Huawei at the Munich Security Conference over the weekend.

"We are encouraging allied and United States tech companies to develop alternative 5G solutions and we are working alongside them to test these technologies at our military bases as we speak", Esper said.

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Germany hasn't yet decided whether it would adopt an outright ban on Huawei or restrictions, while the British government defied US President Donald Trump when it chose to let the firm build parts of the country's network, the report said.

Pelosi's remarks underlined bipartisan suspicion of Huawei in the United States. They stopped short, however, of detailing any concrete plans or measures.

"We can only do this by making greater investments in our common defense; by making the hard economic and commercial choices needed to prioritize our shared security and by working together to maintain a ready and capable alliance network that is prepared to deter any threat, defend any ally, and defeat any foe", he claimed.

People with knowledge of the matter said Blair had met with senior executives from both Nokia and Ericsson on the sidelines of the conference but declined to detail the contents of the conversations.

The U.S. signed a Phase One trade deal with China last month.

Lawful intercept devices are "watched like a hawk" by mobile network operators and Huawei has never had access to them, Suffolk said, adding that the Journal article was "ill-thought-out".

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