The Trump Administration is wary of what China is capable of if they continue to infiltrate countries with their surveillance equipment. No country’s data is safe if the communists get control over it. Right now, the United States and the United Kingdom are partnering up to develop new solutions for next generation wireless technology – solutions that do not require dependence upon China’s technology.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on July 16th to announce that the two countries are partnering to “prevent the use of unsecure technology in its 5G networks.” The Trump Administration convinced British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to purge the country of all equipment made by Chinese tech giant Huawei. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered that Huawei be banned from all 5G networks in Britain by the end of 2027, dumping all the non-core parts of its 5G network that were built by Huawei. In the meantime, British telecommunication companies will not be allowed to buy any equipment from Huawei. India has also made moves against China, and has banned 59 Chinese apps.
U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters, “We convinced many countries, many countries—I did this myself for the most part—not to use Huawei, because we think it’s an unsafe security risk, it’s a big security risk.”
“The Secretary and Foreign Secretary agreed to work together to promote the development of additional trusted 5G solutions,” said State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.
The Chinese Communist Party seeks to gain power by covert infiltration and manipulation. One of the slyest, most effective ways to do so is to get control over a country’s data. China already abuses its own citizens by conducting intrusive surveillance on them, imposing social credit scores that judge a person based on their trustworthiness and behavior.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said Chinese Communist Party leaders are determined to control the future of 5G, and the U.S. must lead on the issue, not succumbing to China’s manipulation and control tactics. McCaul strongly encourages “all European and other countries to follow the UK’s lead” and remove Huawei from their 5G infrastructure immediately.
China is already looking to retaliate and is threatening to sell off their British assets. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying accused the British government of “discriminating” against Huawei and vowed to “take all necessary measures” to counter the British government.
As suspicion toward China rises, its big tech industry faces a global fallout. The race for 5G and data collection rages on as countries try to protect themselves from falling prey to the Orwellian abuses of Communist China.