Pompeo claims China poses ‘real risk’ to US nat'l security amid Huawei row

Pompeo claims China poses ‘real risk’ to US nat'l security amid Huawei row
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The US has repeatedly accused the Chinese tech giant of installing backdoors in its equipment to enable Beijing's global espionage and cyberattacks, something that Huawei vehemently denies. In addition to banning its equipment on American soil, the US started pushing Asian and European states into refusing to use Huawei's 5G technologies, ONAreports citing Sputnik.

In an interview with CNBC, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reiterated earlier Washington claims that China poses a real threat to American national security and expressed the opinion that due to this more and more US companies will cut ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei. Pompeo also accused Beijing of allegedly using surveillance technologies to "subdue" the Uighur ethnic minority.

Pompeo also dismissed Huawei's previous assurances that it doesn't cooperate with Chinese government to install backdoors in its equipment and accused the company's CEO Ren Zhengfei of lying to the "American people" and the world.

"To say that they don't work with the Chinese government is a false statement. That's just false", he said.

Washington earlier banned Huawei network equipment from the US, citing concerns that the company had installed backdoors on it to spy on US citizens. The White House also banned the company and around 70 other Chinese firms from obtaining US technologies.

Aida Tinayeva

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