Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Pompeo Hints at Huawei Ultimatum to Countries Buying Equipment

Pompeo Hints at Huawei Ultimatum to Countries Buying Equipment

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The comments come as the USA is stepping up its efforts against Huawei worldwide, believing the Chinese company is uncomfortably close with its nation's ruling party and its status as a network and telecoms equipment supplier is being used to help Beijing gather communications from its government clients around the world.

The official also noted that Putin had visited Hungary twice previous year and that Pompeo would meet civic leaders, some of whom have been critical of Orban.

In Hungary, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto welcomed Pompeo's calls for closer ties and promised more defense cooperation but also brushed off the criticism on relations with Russian Federation and China.

In Poland, where Pompeo is travelling on Tuesday, the government is considering banning Huawei from participating in the development of 5G capabilities after arresting a Chinese employee of Huawei and a former Polish security official on spying allegations last month.

It is also lobbying Washington for an increased military presence on its soil.

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But he raised concerns about the country's energy ties with Moscow and urged Hungarian officials not to support the TurkStream pipeline, part of the Kremlin's plans to bypass Ukraine, the main transit route for Russian gas to Europe.

The fear, said Pompeo, was that countries who rely heavily on Huawei gear are likely to be bugged by Chinese intelligence services.

Pompeo said he hoped to reverse what he called a decade of USA disengagement in Central Europe that created a vacuum Russian Federation and China have exploited.

The United States' actions to "suppress" Chinese companies' legitimate development interests were "extremely unfair and immoral", and were unbecoming of a great power, Hua said.

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In Budapest on the first leg of a five-nation European tour during which he is raising American concerns about China and Russia's growing influence in Central Europe, Pompeo said nations would have to consider choosing between Huawei and the United States.

President Donald Trump's administration has made a point of reaching out to Orban, who shares Trump's strong stance on limiting migration and has adopted increasingly authoritarian measures, including cracking down on the opposition, labor unions, independent media and academia.

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