Pompeo says U.S. to impose visa curbs on Huawei over human rights

Yolanda Curtis
July 16, 2020

The announcement follows the U.S. government's decision to ban American companies from buying telecom equipment with a perceived national security risk.

"The US sanctions make it impossible for the NCSC to continue to guarantee the security of Huawei equipment in the future", the spokesman clarified. In January, British authorities said they could mitigate these dangers by keeping Huawei out of parts of the "telecoms network that are critical to security" and by capping the company's United Kingdom market share at 35 percent.

But British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government agreed Tuesday to a phased ban after U.S. sanctions blocked Huawei's access to USA chips.

Months after approving some limited involvement by the Chinese technology giant Huawei in constructing the U.K.'s next-generation wireless data network, British regulators reversed course Tuesday.

Pompeo's announcement comes a day after President Donald Trump announced he would sign a bill and an executive order punishing China for steps that are widely seen as an attempt to crush democratic freedoms in Hong Kong, and railed at China for "unleashing. upon the world" the global coronavirus pandemic.


Tom pushed Mr Brewster to clarify whether Huawei would disagree with the approach of painful retaliation, to which he said that was a question for the Chinese government.

The secretary's comments were the first time the US has challenged China's legal authority in the region, calling their actions "completely unlawful".

The States say it has had regular contact with the UK NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) and the decision to exclude Huawei is one that had been anticipated.

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

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a meeting with his national security council on Tuesday morning, where he was advised that the sanctions would impact the reliability of Huawei as a 5G provider.


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. As part of those sanctions, companies around the world were blocked from using US -made software or machinery to design Huawei equipment.

"Instead of "levelling up", the government is levelling down and we urge them to reconsider".

"I think this is clear this is not about security this is about trade".

On Tuesday, the British government announced Huawei would be excluded from work on the network because US sanctions made it impossible to ensure the security of Chinese-supplied equipment. "We remain confident that the new United States restrictions would not have affected the resilience or security of the products we supply to the UK", Brewster said. The ban on Huawei equipment is expected to delay 5G rollout in the U.K.by at least two years, and add up to two billion pounds to the cost of the new network, he added.

5G is meant to expand networks to support self-driving cars, remote surgery and other futuristic applications.


'I talked many countries out of using it.

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