Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:35

Pompeo says US will ban Huawei staff assisting in rights violations

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US Secretary of Stafe Mike Pompeo. US Secretary of Stafe Mike Pompeo. Courtesy YouTube

The US Government has said it will deny visas to employees of Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies who are found to be assisting authoritarian governments in violating human rights, including in China's western Xinjiang Province.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also told a news conference on Wednesday that plans were being finalised to cut down data theft by the Chinese video stream app TikTok, though he did not say it would be banned.

Pompeo's announcement came a day after the British Government said it would be getting rid of Huawei gear in its networks by the end of 2027.

He told a questioner that the US was happy with the UK decision.

"We were happy about it. Faster is always better to get this equipment out of their system. It’s a security risk. This isn’t about commercial interests, this is about protecting the information – in this case, of the United Kingdom’s people," he said.

"You suggested they did this because of US sanctions. I don’t actually think that’s true. I actually think they did this because their security teams came to the same conclusion that ours have, is that you can’t protect this information.

"This information that transits across these untrusted networks that are of Chinese origin will almost certainly end up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. And so I think they did this for the right reasons.

"I think they did this to protect and preserve and secure the freedoms of the people of the UK and I’m confident they’ll continue in that policy."


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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