Telecoms giant Huawei Technologies is complicit in human rights abuses as a part of China’s surveillance state, confirmed a senior U.S. official on Tuesday.
The undersecretary of state for economic affairs, Keith Krach, stepped up warnings as Italy and Germany consider their next-gen mobile networks, in his initial tour of European capitals post COVID-19 travel restrictions. Krach confirmed that Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson are the only companies that European governments can choose from.
Huawei is “an arm of the CCP surveillance state and a tool for human rights abuse,” Krach confirmed, referring to the Chinese Communist Party.
“Untrusted, high-risk vendors like Huawei and ZTE provide the CCP’s authoritarian government the capacity to disrupt or weaponize critical applications in infrastructure or provide technological advances to China’s military forces,” Krach said.