Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says countries should avoid doing business with Chinese telecom giant Huawei after the Chinese Communist Party’s lack of transparency in the coronavirus outbreak.
“This moment, where the Chinese Communist Party failed to be transparent and open and handle data in an appropriate way, will cause many, many countries rethink what they were doing with respect to their telecom architecture,” Pompeo told Fox Business.
Pompeo added: “When Huawei comes knocking to sell them equipment and hardware, that they will have a different prism through which to view that decision.”
In the UK, there’s a political struggle to reverse a March decision by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to allow Huawei to build the country’s 5G cellphone infrastructure. Johnson is recovering from COVID-19.
Pompeo has led US efforts to deter allies from using Huawei. The US viewed Johnson’s decision on Huawei as a major blow the “five eyes” electronic surveillance alliance between the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.