“Nations cannot cede our telecommunication infrastructure to China for financial expediency,” Pelosi said. “Such an ill-conceived concession would only embolden (President) Xi (Jinping) as he undermines democratic values, human rights, economic independence and national security.”
Chinese domination of 5G “would be to choose autocracy over democracy,” the speaker said. “We must instead move to an internationalization.”
Pelosi’s remarks underlined bipartisan suspicion of Huawei in the United States.
The Trump administration has raised national security concerns about Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and is aggressively lobbying Western allies to bar the company from wireless, high-speed networks.
Trump administration officials, including Cabinet secretaries, say Huawei can give the Chinese government backdoor access to data, allegations the company rejects. The U.S. has been trying to have European nations ban the gear from next-generation cellular networks, but countries are shying away from banning it altogether.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper are also at the Munich conference.
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